A Peak Inside the Story: R+B


You got it (or in case you missed the title and the picture ha): I’m featuring R+B on the blog today! This story still doesn’t have a name. Lovely.  Is it just me or is that one of the hardest parts? The silly TITLE. So for now, let’s call this work R+B – or Rob.


My inspiration for this story comes from a couple different places.

I read Reedeeming Love by Francine Rivers and really enjoyed the Biblical story retelling. I believe the story the author drew from was fairly vague so she had a lot of fun with the details.  Her romantic plot line…..GAAAHH   The  understanding guy.  The lost girl.  The details.  The hints.  My favorite love story by far.

And – what I love about Rivers’ writing so far – she fits God into her stories with ease, making it sound completely natural and not preachy.  So why not write my own retelling drawing from these details?

The history. The exact time period keeps changing, but I love the vintage style.  I love the old-fashioned romance.  My notes for Rob consist of Alaskan census information during the 1930s and major events in Alaskan history.  Not my favorite history topics but interesting nonetheless!

I wanted to write something new.  Something different.  My repertoire lacks a  villainless story.  Yes, there are characters against my main characters, but no big baddie with henchmen and scary entraces.

I’ve never written a story about some one’s life without adding a huge villain, so something new will be learning to keep it interesting without fight scenes (except maybe an occasional brawl with the main guy *cough cough*).


Ruth Holmes is far too young to be a widow.   When her grieving mother-in-law Mara announces she’s traveling back to her hometown, it doesn’t make life easier. Following Mara into the Alaskan wilderness, Ruth must learn how to survive in a town with a surplus of rough trackers and miners where the only gentleness is in the peaceful stream flowing beside her tent.  

Born and raised in a cabin outside a growing Alaskan town, Harrison Boaz’s life changes when he earns a share of his father’s farm land.  He soon discovers this new business to drain his freedom and squash his mountain adventures out of existence. Fighting the tug of the wilderness, Harrison struggles to fulfill his duty of keeping the family business strong.


The starring lady in Rob is Ruth Holmes. She looks a little murderous upset in this picture but still resembles Ruth slightly.

She’s young, stubborn, slow to seek friendships, and perhaps – with what few friends she has-  loyal to a fault.  And VERY underdeveloped…


Harrison Boaz:  gentle and quiet, yet adventurous.  Also,  he may (hopefully!) have his own POV in a couple chapters.


This picture from Pinterest is my original inspiration for what Ruth and Harrison look like. Especially the red nails and lipstick and the peacefulness.




The rest of the cast is a little rough right now…but these three have definitely made their way into the story: a nosy businessman from out of town, a girl with a talent for trouble, and a not-so-wise mentor.

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wilderness.  animal tracks.  mud.  coffee on the stove.  cinnamon.   freshly cut crops.  white tents.  dust-covered faces.  dogs.  cold streams.  warm fires. 


Rob is in the DRAFT 1 stage right now.  After plotting, I gave in and created a scene list so I could (hopefully) eliminate some wasted time staring at my computer screen, thinking of what to write next.

Goal words:  75,000ish
Genre:  Romance, Christian

I’d like to push up the goal words once the first draft is done, but for now 75K is longer than any previous story I’ve written.


GUYS.  I can’t wait to write a romance.  Writing the scenes that are SO ANNOYING to read. You know the ones – where the couple is so amazingly close to looking at each other and then…..they don’t.  It makes the end so much more fulfilling.  Unless it’s one of those stories that ends with the main character dying *wink wink*

Also, the different plot lines.  I have several lines that will be so fun to intertwine so the focus isn’t completely on the two main characters.  Throw some politics and craziness in there to mix things up.

Annndd there’s Rob!  Messy and thrown-together with underdeveloped characters, but I’m excited!

What is your current story about?  What stage are you in: plotting, drafting, editing?