I’m not sure I can pull this off. It’s like watching a tennis match where you go back and forth between players. The difficult part is segueing from one plot to the other without jarring the reader. In a way it’s similar to time shifts or flashbacks in a novel. That can be tricky if it’s not done well because it can be confusing. I wrote one book that goes back and forth in time, Threads, but I made sure that the shifts were clear by headlining the year and city the story takes place.
Both plots in this new, as yet untitled novel, revolve around a murder, of course. In one, I employ a favorite trope of mine: the corruption of the super wealthy. I remember my mother, a blue-collar worker without a worldly bone in her body, saying whenever we drove through a wealthy area with lavish homes that the people who owned them had to be crooks. I used to laugh, but not so much anymore. They’ve become my villains, whether the corruption is the cause of their wealth or it’s their motivation to keep it.
The second plot involves twins and a ghost or two. New Orleans, along with Savannah, has quite a few haunted houses.
So we have two, actually three, upstanding citizens who are nasty pieces of work and a twin haunted by her sister who disappeared but no one can prove is dead.
Make those two work, Polly, without giving the reader a neck ache. I double-dare you.
Polly Iyer is the author of eight novels: standalones Hooked, InSight, Murder Déjà Vu, Threads, and Indiscretion, and three books in the Diana Racine Psychic Suspense series, Mind Games, Goddess of the Moon, and Backlash. A Massachusetts native, she makes her home in the beautiful Piedmont region of South Carolina. You can visit her website for more on Polly and connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.