Coming back after more than a year and writing Peyton's next adventure should be difficult, but Peyton and company have become real people to me. I can instantly pull up my mental image of them. I can hear Abe making the latest inappropriate comment, or Jake blundering through something with his usual good natured silliness. I can hear Radar scolding, giving his life lessons to a recalcitrant Peyton, or Maria criticizing her hair.
The fun thing about writing this one was Marco. He's grown so much over the years and become a three-dimensional person. With Peyton off adventuring around the world now, it's up to Marco to hold their little misfit family together and this isn't a natural fit for him. I'm not going to lie. I get great enjoyment putting him in situations that I know make him uncomfortable. Even I'm never sure of his reaction.
As always, I'm grateful to my readers for their patience and I hope Haunts in Bodie will gain a special place in your heart as it did in mine.