Different, But the Same: Writing a New Series Set in the Same Area

Mendocino, CA, CC/Wikipedia

Editor's Note:

Christine Feehan is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Carpathian series, the GhostWalker series, the Leopard series, the Shadow Riders series, and the Sea Haven novels, including the Drake Sisters series and the Sisters of the Heart series. Here, she explains why setting doesn’t have to change, and why she chose to write about the same place in two of her series.

Judgment Road is the first book in my new Torpedo Ink series. Though the motorcycle club is a new idea to be written for me, it’s still the idea of family that I love to write. So having the new series set in my beloved Sea Haven was a natural fit.

Sea Haven is a place along the Northern California coast. It’s not a real place, but it’s modeled after Mendocino, CA. I introduce Sea Haven in my Drake Sisters series and remain there through the subsequent Sisters of the Heart Series, which is also called the Sea Haven series.

The coast is a magical place to me. The people who settle in such a place are people who are open to magic and to things that are different. To people who are different. When you’re open and tolerant like that, magical things happen. Sea Haven is a place of magic. Halfway through the Drake Sisters series I knew we would, one day, meet a motorcycle club and they would settle here.

I knew that when I realized Jackson Deveau had a past connection to a motorcycle club. And then we meet Ilya Prakenskii who was raised in a place that created assassins. To me, it was a foregone conclusion that my MC books would be set in the Sea Haven area. What better place for them to find acceptance and peace?

The men and women of Torpedo Ink need a place that can accept the fact that they are very different. They need a place that can accept their gifts and their past. They need a place that feels like family. That place is Sea Haven and the nearby town of Caspar. Community is another name for family and these people are looking for that. They have created their own family with one another. A brotherhood. Now, they have chosen a place to call their own. That place hopefully will accept and embrace them.