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How I Decide What to Write

Some days, I feel like a fast-food menu that offers the following options:

            Fatal Series—more Sam and Nick! More Scotty! Can we have Scotty grow up and be a kick-ass cop or politician like his parents?

            Gansett Island Series—we want to know whether Abby will have a baby, if Seamus will take Caro and the boys to Ireland, more Dan and Kara, will Janey finish vet school, give us more Mac and Maddie, I love Blaine and need more of him, etc. Will you write a series featuring the Gansett Island kids? And the most popular question lately is WHEN will Mason, the fire chief, find love?

            GM/Butler—when will you write Wade’s story? Will Max find someone to help him raise Caden? What about Patrick and Mary? I want their story! How about Linc and Molly’s story? When can we have that?

            Quantum—when will Delirious be released? Do you plan to write Leah and Emmett’s story? How about Marlowe? Sebastian? Gordon?

            Treading Water—Maggie, Maggie, Maggie (said in the same tone as the Brady Bunch’s Marcia, Marcia, Marcia—LOL)

            Single titles—we want more from Marfa! When will we get more of the characters in the earlier books?


THIS is a very nice “problem” for any author to have. I love hearing from readers and learning what you are looking forward to in upcoming books. I get a lot of questions about how I decide what to write when, so I thought I’d take a few minutes to tell you how I decide what to write next.

Sometimes, deadlines determine the schedule. Right now, I’m writing Fatal Chaos, book 12 in the Fatal Series, which is due to my publisher on June 15. Beginning with book 11, Fatal Threat, I’ve taken a new approach to writing the Fatal books, giving myself three months vs. two and breaking up the writing into more manageable daily portions rather than trying to jam out a very complicated plot in sixty days. This “breathing room” has made for a much more enjoyable writing process for me. My team has noticed I’m not in a cranky mood for sixty straight days anymore, which is nice for all of us! I also give myself weekends off from the deadline book, and that is a huge improvement from the days of writing seven days a week to make a deadline.

Usually I write about 1500-2000 words a day in the Fatal book to stay on schedule. I can do that in about 90 minutes or so, although somedays get derailed by other things and it doesn’t happen until late afternoon. When I get my 1500-2000 in early, I have the whole rest of the day to write other stuff.

This month, I’m spending afternoons writing Can’t Buy Me Love, Patrick and Mary’s Butler, Vermont novella. The reason I’m writing that now is because I’m due to write Wade Abbott’s book, Here Comes The Sun, next but I have to do Patrick and Mary’s story first to keep the series timeline from straying too far off course. Remember, they met in You’ll Be Mine, the novella that followed book 4. There are now seven books in the series, so if I don’t write their story soon, I’ll lose the chance to fit it into the overall story arc of the series. You see what I mean? So those of you who’ve been waiting patiently for Wade, I promise, he’s next in line in Vermont!

Once I finish Can’t Buy Me Love, I’ll be turning my attention to Delirious, Quantum Book 6, which I hope to have out this summer or early fall. A lot of people have been asking me about this one, and I know you’re eager for Kristian and Aileen’s story. So am I! The thing is, though, the story has to SPEAK to me before I can write it. I’ve been waiting and hoping the characters would begin to speak to me, especially Kristian, because I think the guys are really the central players in this series—or they will be until I write Marlowe’s book. I’m pleased to report that I started having some good “conversations” with Kristian while I was in Ireland, and I have an idea for the opening of that book that I’m excited about. That’s the key to getting started—an idea I can run with. The rest tends to come from there.

Many of you have asked repeatedly over the last five years for me to write another book in the Treading Water Series, and I do hope to write Maggie’s book—eventually. Again, I wish I could flip a switch and give you exactly what you want when you want it, but unfortunately, the creative process doesn’t work that way. I do have an idea for Maggie, and I know who her love interest would be along with a few other things I’d like to do in that book. So the parts and pieces are coming together. The next challenge becomes finding the time to write it. I’m working on that!

On top of all of this, I also plan to write Kevin and Chelsea’s Gansett Island Episode before too much longer, and I have an idea for a very BIG standalone that I’d like to do as well as the expanded epilogues for Line of Scrimmage, Love at First Flight and Everyone Loves a Hero that I promised readers when I got the rights back to those books earlier this year.

The good news is I’ve got a to-do list a mile long, and there’re lots more books coming in all your favorite series. Thanks for being patient with me—and my muse—while you wait for more! I so appreciate the support and enthusiasm for my books.

If you could order any item off my menu listed above, what would you choose? And you can only pick one!


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  • Linda Pitler

    Oh man, that’s tough. I think the Quantum series tops the list.

  • Marcy Meyer

    I really have fallen in love with the Abbott family, so I would choose something from that series. But, I love it all.

  • Karen Lomasney

    Nick, Sam and Scotty. I love all of your books and own all of them, but I love to go back and reread the Fatal series b

  • Lexi Buchanan

    That’s too cruel allowing us to only pick one lol I’d have to choose Maggie and I’m going to be cheeky and say Wade, Sam and Nick and MY list could go on! Xx

  • Peggy Azinger

    Definitely FATAL ATTRACTION!! After your sneak peak, I am dying to know what happened to Sam. PLEASE, PLEASE,PLEASE sneak us another chapter so we know that Sam is okay!!

  • Margaret Kemp Kerby

    You know I love them all and can hardly wait for the next of any of them but, if I have to choose one, PLEASE give us Maggie’s book in the Treading Water Series!

  • Wendy Wade Hardwick


  • Marlene Kremer

    My pick would be Gansett, if I have to be more specific it would be, if Abby has a baby, either biological or some other way (she deserves a baby). There would be so many ways to have a child. It will be a fantastic story

  • Mary Smith

    This is a very difficult question – how do I answer when I want them all. I choose Maggie’s story. But I will be overjoyed with anyone.

  • Kim Rothenbuhler

    Fatal Series♡

  • Marie White Mason

    I have to say I love them all, but if I absolutely have to choose…..Fatal Series!

  • Victoria Hulick

    Given the books currently in progress or scheduled next in line, I think Gansett would get my vote. Second choice is next Treading Water since I will need to re-read the series before I can read the next book to refresh my memory on all the story lines.

  • Debbie Smith

    You realize you asked a question that’s impossible to answer – right? Even though I’d love to hear about the usual characters, I’m going to say Patrick and Mary because I love hearing about the older nontraditional couples. They haven’t been main characters in any of the books, but yet we all know who they are and I think it’s time they came out of the background. Regardless, no one will be disappointed no matter who you decide to write about. We love everyone. 🙂

  • Rhonda Kleinschmidt

    Fatal series

  • Kathi Kelley

    Maggie! I love that series but I love the Fatal Series as well. However since your working on book for that series, I won’t be to greedy!

  • Jan Blake

    Maggie those are the books I loved

  • Marcia White

    Whatever the “spirit” moves you to write is fine with me. I will read whatever comes next.

  • Amy Williams

    I started loving your books thanks to Maddie and Mac on Gansett Island I have also started other series because I love your writing. I’ll take what I can get. I’m anxiously awaiting Sex God. Keep doing your thing girl. I’m not going anywhere.



  • Pat Tucker

    Gansett island or Fatal!

  • Wanda Hagen

    Seriously, I will read whatever you write. I think you could write the instructions for how to muck out a barn, and it would somehow be a sexy, hot story with awesome characters. I still have to screw up the courage to read The Wreck, but then I will have read everything you have written!

  • Woot more Fatal stories and can not wait for more Butler/GM stories. I love those characters so much! Thank you for letting us see what is coming up and in the future. I am tiding myself over by getting into your Quantum series next since its one I haven’t read yet of yours. 🙂

  • Kate Lemieux

    Love the Vermont and fatal series. Would love for Scottie to grow up.

    • Marie Force

      Me too, but within the timeline of the series, there is often only a few weeks between books, so it’ll be a while, if ever, before we see him grown up. 🙂

  • Marianne Neville Cammarata

    Any and all books/series are fine with me. I will read whatever is next. But with that said, I am really looking forward to Marlowe’s story!

  • Kathy Upchurch

    I just started the Fatal series a week ago. I am on book 10 which has caused tons of tears… I think this has become my favorite of your series books. I love reading from my ipad so I have the previous books I read handy to look back on.

    • Marie Force

      Yay! So glad you’re enjoying the Fatal Series!

  • Sharon Rudolph

    Line of Scrimmage

  • JeannieB

    Marie, you must be a total writing machine! I’m awed by the number of characters, storylines, and power in your books. I’m loving them all. How is that possible? ☺ I was immersed in the Quantum series, and I hope I live long enough to read Delirious. (No pressure!). Welcome back, and I hope Kristian keeps speaking to you, so you can speak to us.

  • Marialba Martinez

    I guess any book you write is the best of the day for me. I loved your Quantum series and can hardly wait for Delirious! The Fatal series is very special and Gansett…oh well, that’s a must. I guess those are my top three in order of preference. But I’ll take just about anything if its coming from you!

  • Donna Opalenik

    Csnt buy me love

  • Melody

    I’m really looking forward to reading about Marlowe and who she falls in love with…I will be waiting for a bit and that is ok with me. While I wait, I will enjoy reading your other books that will come out.

  • Suzanne Norr

    Maggie Maggie Maggie!!!

  • Northwomn

    I’m all about the Green Mountain and Fatal series. Whatever you come up with in those worlds, I’ll be reading.

  • Valerie Halfen

    Wow! You are amazing! To keep all the story lines straight and to push like you do. I for one appreciate all you do for us! Thank you!!

  • Jo

    Gansett! Love the series..and since I’ve read them, Block Island is my favorite place to go! I absolutely love that island..

  • Sarah

    Are we going to hear more from Linda’s sister and her family on Gansett?

    • Marie Force

      No, no plans for that. All her children are married already. 🙂

  • Kate Lemieux

    Sam should have a baby in the Fatal series.

    • Marie Force

      I know the readers want that, and hell, so do I. I’d love to give every character everything they want, but the truth is, if I do that, then the series becomes a whole lot less interesting to write and to read. A baby would change the series in ways I’m not prepared to do at this time. That’s not to say never. That just means not any time soon. 🙂

      • Carol McClellan

        I would like it too. except for the fact that Sam couldn’t be the kick butt cop she is if she has a baby to take care of.

  • Carol McClellan

    I read all three series as soon as they come out so it doesn’t matter to me. If I had to choose one, it would be Can’t Buy Me Love. I love Patrick’s reactions when he was in Butler for Cam and Will’s wedding and am looking forward to more of him.

  • Carol McClellan

    I just thought of something. If I were writing the Butler, VT series, I think Max getting help would be one of the last things I’d write unless Max really really spoke to me. He has his family to help him with his son and I’m sure there are bigger problems that need taking care of first.

  • Linda Ellingson

    I enjoy everything you write, Marie. That being said, Sam and Nick will always top my list and happily their next story will soon be out.
    Kristian and Aileen’s story would be my next pick for the concentration of your efforts. The Quantum Group has become a favorite!

    • Marie Force

      Working on Kristian and Aileen’s story now!


Marie Force is the New York Times bestselling author of contemporary romance, including the indie-published Gansett Island Series and the Fatal Series from Harlequin Books. In addition, she is the author of the Butler, Vermont Series, the Green Mountain Series and the erotic romance Quantum Series. In 2019, her new historical Gilded series from Kensington Books will debut with Duchess By Deception.

All together, her books have sold 6.5 million copies worldwide, have been translated into more than a dozen languages and have appeared on the New York Times bestseller list many times. She is also a USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestseller, a Speigel bestseller in Germany, a frequent speaker and publishing workshop presenter as well as a publisher through her Jack’s House Publishing romance imprint. She is a two-time nominee for the Romance Writers of America’s RITA® award for romance fiction.

Her goals in life are simple—to finish raising two happy, healthy, productive young adults, to keep writing books for as long as she possibly can and to never be on a flight that makes the news.

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