5 FACTS ABOUT MY CURRENT WIP: DISABILITY DETECTIVES: THE SPANISH STALKER
Last week I talked about my other WIP (found here) and this week I thought I would give you five facts about this WIP. It's the third in a series and the two posts on the others in the series can be found here and here. I have to say that I have been loving getting to spend more time in this series. It's a callback to those stories I wrote at the start of my writing journey that were usually just a plain old mystery/thriller book. I had the idea for Disability Detectives, and I wanted to carry it through to a whole series.
So for those who haven't read the linked posts, or for those who have and just want a refresher, lemme fill you in on this series. Again, I'm limited in what I can say because of spoilers, this being the third in the series, but I do think it's one that brings it's own threads to the series as a whole.
Disability Detectives is a young adult crime/mystery series. It deals with Veronica, who's fifteen and her friends, Daisy, Jake, and Malik. They all have some kind of chronic illness and/or disability and attend Rosewood which is a boarding school mostly for those with disabilities and additional needs. Veronica and her friends have been involved in solving a few crimes at the school, and the third book is no exception. While there's been a murder, and a thief, this book is a little more low stakes, but still a fun time!
FACT #1: VERONICA HAS PLANS FOR THIS TERM
While Veronica is pretty sure that there is bound to be some kind of mystery playing out when she arrives back after half-term, she's also of the belief that she has her own goals to achieve. With Hilary joining their close-knit group, and Daisy's reported crush on someone, Veronica wants to meddle somewhat and get the two lovebirds together, even if all she seems to do is make a mess of things. She knows that Daisy wouldn't appreciate the help, but that's what you do for your best friend, right?
FACT #2: LOVE IS IN THE AIR
At the end of book two, Jake and Malik finally admitted their feelings for each other, and though Malik has his reasons for wanting to keep the relationship from his parents, that doesn't really stop them from being goofy and in love while at school. Of course, that also is impacted by the fact that someone else is pretty sure that Jake is their soul mate and won't let anyone get in the way of their goal, to tell him the truth and get to be with him themselves.
FACT #3: THERE SEEMS TO BE SOME CROSSED-WIRES SOMEWHERE
Veronica and the others are of course exceptionally happy for their friends, but while Veronica finds out about the stalker before anyone else, it feels like that's all for the wrong reasons. Jake doesn't tell anyone to begin with, but when that stalker seems to blame Veronica personally for keeping Jake away from them, it feels like someone somewhere thinks she's the reason Malik and Jake are together.
FACT #4: SCHOOL GETS IN THE WAY OF EVERYTHING ELSE
As with most mysteries, and with most things, even at a boarding school, the amount of work piled onto their shoulders, Veronica especially finds it hard to keep on top of keeping her friends safe and happy, playing cupid for Daisy and also getting the chance to maybe stay ahead of the deadlines and actually get her homework done. After everything that happened before, with the thief caught, the murderer sentenced, you'd think Veronica would get a break, but no such luck.
FACT #5: VERONICA ISN'T SURE THAT THINGS ARE AS OKAY AS PEOPLE SAY
She has always been the protector of the group, and while everyone is aware just how much she's struggling, she can't help but be happy in that role. She doesn't want things to change, and she wants to make sure her friends are as okay as they can be. Of course with her parents doing a complete 180, she's not sure she can trust in that either. Her friends might be doing okay, but she's barely holding her head above water and she's not sure what she can do about that.
So there we go, those are five facts about this WIP. Like I said, I've been loving getting to go back to plain ole mystery, and adoring the way these books have nicely come together. I love the dynamic between Veronica and her friends and getting to just dive into their stories.
Any questions? Lemme know in the comments!