The first time I heard that question was before Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding (Harmony Falls 1) released. A friend and beta reader texted me with that one liner.
“I don’t think so,” I replied. After all, the Harmony Falls series was supposed to feature the Mitchell brothers as heroes: Justin, Will, and Mark.
“Boo,” my friend replied.
I didn’t think about it again until Crashing the Congressman’s Wedding released.
“Will Charlie get his own book?” a few readers asked on Twitter and in emails.
And then a few more friends and family members echoed the sentiment.
My response started to change. “I’m not sure,” I said. “Maybe. If I can convince my editor to expand the series to four books.”’
Then, Battling the Best Man (Harmony Falls 2) released, and the question became: “Where is Charlie’s book?”
Some readers weren’t happy that Will and Kory’s story featured so little of Charlie. “I want Charlie’s book,” they said. “Is it next?”
Well, yes. When I sat down to plot out Mark’s story, I couldn’t stop thinking about Charlie. You were right. Charlie deserved his own book.
But did Morgan? Could I really take an unlikeable woman and turn her into a heroine?
In the end, I decided she deserved a chance.
Marrying the Wrong Man does more than give a happy ending to an unlikely hero and heroine. It also proves the power of readers. Had you not asked, I probably would’ve pushed on with a story for Mark, one that didn’t do him any favors. (Don’t worry. He makes more than a quick appearance in this book, and he ends up well on his way to happily ever after, too.) Instead, I wrote a story about second chances and redemption, one I hope you will adore.
Thank you for influencing me. I can’t wait to hear what you think about Charlie’s story. You’ve been waiting for it long enough.