I'm going to refer to my Deputy Tempe Crabtree series and how I come up with the next book to write.
For those of you who are not familiar with Tempe, she's a resident deputy in the large area surrounding Bear Creek, a small village in the Southern Sierra. (Sierra means mountain.) It's in the central part California.
Tempe is part Indian, one of the Bear Creek Indian tribes. (There is no such thing, but the Bear Creek Indian Reservation that appears in the story is much like the Tule River Indian Reservation. The Indians who live there call themselves Tule Indians but most of them are Yokuts.)
Because of Tempe's experience using an Indian ritual to call back the dead, she is sometimes visited by the ghosts of those who have passed on. Not a comfortable experience.
Tempe is married to Hutch Hutchinson, the local preacher. He doesn't approve of some of native ceremonies she's participated in, though he's become more tolerant through the years.
Tempe has an Indian friend named Nick Two John who she often consults when she can't figure something out. At times, Hutch, has experienced a bit of jealousy over his wife's friendship--but now he and Two John are friends.
I've written about murders in and around Bear Creek and even on the reservation. I've taken Tempe away from the area to investigate crimes.
While thinking about what I was going to write next I thought it might be fun to write about a haunted house.
When I began writing more ideas popped up concerning devil worship, evil spirits, old crimes, and of course, murder.
The book, Spirit Shapes, is done and at the publishers awaiting the editing process.
While waiting, I'm working on the next in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series.
Readers, what do you expect in an ongoing series?
Writers of series, where do you get your ideas for the next book?