The Three-Book Bucket List

I want to write other books. Don’t get me wrong—I love the Kari Hunter series and the world I’ve built. I want to build out this world fully, in more ways than one. At present, I have plans to keep writing Kari books until it’s no longer fun for us all. Then we’ll consider other options. Until then, I have no plans to stop. But that doesn’t mean I don’t dream of writing other books.
In fact, I have a secret “bucket list” of books that I want to write someday.

Hey, it’s a new year—if there’s a better time to share this list, I don’t know when it is!

Someday, I hope to contribute to a major series with an established world.

You’ve probably browsed the science fiction and fantasy section at a bookstore and seen the shelves upon shelves of books belonging to established franchises like Dungeons and Dragons, Halo, Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. The books are supplemental entertainment for fans of those series, written by various authors. I dream of becoming one of those authors.
Yes, I know that I would just be one more author contributing to these worlds—I don’t need my name in lights, guys. I just want to contribute to something wonderful.

A series of short stories or novellas set in the Kari Hunter universe that has nothing to do with Kari Hunter.

Don’t get me wrong—I have fun being inside Kari’s head. But since I’m always there, I’d like to write something else in this universe that isn’t knife- and necromancer-centric. Something with mystery and action and humor—you know, all the good stuff. I’ve had a couple of ideas floating around in my head that I’m pretty excited about. If I can figure out a way to write faster and I can work on it without impeding the Kari Hunter series even more, I’ll do it.

A story that pays homage to Support Your Local Sheriff.

It’s no surprise that my all-time favorite flicks are comedies with a smattering of romance and action. If you’ve never seen this 1969 hit featuring James Garner (AKA Rockford) you’re missing out. In this western parody, a stranger visits a rowdy town in the time of the gold rush. Unfortunately, the price of breakfast in the town is just too damn high, so our handsome, macho hero takes the job of sheriff, just for the paycheck. To stay alive and get paid, all he has to do is keep a low profile, but instead he decides to arrest the meanest and dumbest of criminals around—and then he keeps the guy in a jail cell that has no bars.
I won’t spoil how he does it. You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

Someday I’ll get around to writing other books, but these are the three that I would most like to have on my writing resume. What do you think? Did I miss anything? Are there books you think I should write that aren’t on the list?

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