I love writing books in series. I love seeing characters reappear in other stories. I love that characters who may not play a huge role in one book get to shine in their own. I love being able to have a series story thread that links books together. I love creating as many connections as I can between not only books within a series, but between my different series, as well!
My critique partner laughs, rolls her eyes, and calls it my spider’s web. I now have a bunch of unfinished book series, some that have been waiting years for me to get back to them. I have to stop and think about it to count them all!
Love in Store, my first series, with seven books written, two more to go, and spin-off ideas for three more new series! The Macleans (a spin-off from a book in the Love in Store series!) with three written, one more to go), Huckleberry Lake (also a spin-off from a different book in Love in Store!) with three written, and story drafts started for three more!. Sweetapple Falls (holding a so-far invisible link to a Love in Store book – I haven’t shown the linking characters yet!) with two written, and at least six more story ideas and unfinished stories.
Then there’s the multi-author projects. A Tuscan Legacy, nine books from seven authors born as a spinoff from Marion and I each having a book with an Italian connection. And I couldn’t let nine be enough, either! Book 10 joined the series this year, to tell eighty-one -year-old Isabella’s story. The three-author Chapel Cove series, started with ideas for first three, then nine, and then twelve books. We now have even more ideas! And last to appear, the Billionaire Protector trilogy, finishing next month, God willing.
Hmm. Do you see a pattern here? I’m great at starting series, but not so good at wrapping them up, when every story carries the seeds of at least one, and sometimes more new books. It gets complicated!
I’m hoping to make the coming year a year of finishing things. I’d like to say “Goodbye, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu…” to at least a few unfinished projects, by finally completing them!
No escaping it, I have to show a Sound of Music clip for that! IMO, the world is divided into two types of people – those who love it, and those who loathe it. Guess which I am! ;)
So I’m wondering, as a reader, do you like series that run and run, or prefer shorter series with a built in end. Or do you avoid series books? I’d love to hear what you like and dislike most about books in a series! (I don’t mean serials with cliffhangers–ugh! I mean complete romances that can be read on their own, but that also fit into a series).
And talking of goodbyes, this post marks another one. I’ve been part of Inspy Romance for over three and a half years, and my time with the authors and readers here has been a joy and a blessing. I’ve reluctantly decided it’s time to step aside and make room for another author, so I can give a little more time to different aspects of my life. If you’d like to stay in touch with me or keep up with my book news, please feel free to friend me on Facebook, follow me on Amazon, or subscribe to my reader newsletter,
Blessings to you all,