I’ve got a big question for you, and would love to hear your thoughts!
I’m just now starting to write the last novel of my five-book Aspen Creek Crossroads series for Love Inspired, and I’ve had a great time writing them. I love the setting–a small, quaint tourist town set in the scenic bluffs and heavy timber of the Wisconsin-Minnesota border. And it has been such fun giving each set of characters very different challenges! My main characters aren’t related to each other, but they’re friends, and run into each other throughout the series.
In the third book of the series, coming out the beginning of July, The Single Dad’s Redemption, my cowboy hero was incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit, freed after DNA proved him innocent, and he’s searching for the son he hasn’t seen in five long years. But challenges along the way land him in Aspen Creek, where he meets a pretty antique store owner who desperately needs his help. He’s a fish out of water in her world, and they couldn’t be more different. But is it possible to find his son and also finally find a once-in-a-lifetime love along the way?
In Aspen Creek Christmas (November, 2016) my heroine was jilted years ago by a guy who now comes back into her life. And now, I’m writing the final book– about the local vet clinic and two veterinarians who end up working together, but couldn’t be more wrong for each other.
All are very different stories, but are set in the same community and include some updates about characters readers met in the previous novels.
So my question is: Do you prefer stand-alone novels, or do you enjoy books in a continuing series? And if you enjoy reading series, do you like the stories to be very closely tied together, with an ongoing/overarching plot thread, or do you prefer a looser connection based on, say, a location, or relatives or friends, so you don’t need to read each book in order to understand what’s going on?
I’m eager to hear your thoughts! Oh…and by the way, I just couldn’t resist. That cowboy above isn’t really my hero–he’s actually our son Brian, on his horse Smokey! :)
I actually sent this photo to the publisher with my Art Fact Sheets, hoping it could be on the cover of my second novel back in 2000…maybe with the heroine next to the horse. Alas, they didn’t use it…and the cowboy they did use had his western hat on backwards. Every time I autographed a copy for a reader, I put my “signed by author” sticker over that hat. :)
Blessings to you all,