Unlike most of the authors here at Inspy Romance, I’m still on the journey to publication. Still learning what elements will help put my stories on the shelves next to the ones we all love reading so much. And part of that means thinking like a career author (to avoid setting myself up to be a “one-hit wonder”) and creating a bigger picture for my stories.
So I’ve been paying attention to book series lately. What are the elements of the best ones? What are the downfalls of some series that make them feel stretched and contrived? What are the different kinds of series? Off the top of my head, here are the types that I can think of:
- The same plot line written over the course of multiple books.
- Series that focus on characters that are common to some or all of the books.
- Separate characters and stories that focus on a unified premise or theme.
I’m sure there are more kinds (add them in the comments, if you please!), but those are the major ones I can think of. Isn’t it the best when you discover a book you love is the first in a series? More is almost always better, in my opinion!
While we’re on the subject, I was super excited to learn of another installment in one of my all-time favorite series growing up, the Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn. Have you heard of it? Maybe? :) While the bulk of Christy’s story is coming-of-age and geared toward a younger audience than we’re used to talking about here at Inspy Romance, I’d venture to guess she was the precursor to many an Inspy Romance reader’s TBR piles. When I was in college, I discovered a special College Years trilogy she did. My next-door neighbor and I sat on her futon one weekend and read them all the way through. Now we get to find out what’s happening in Christy’s married life. Personally, I think it’s a genius move on Robin Jones Gunn’s part to let Christy grow up with her readers. Can’t wait to read it!
What’s your favorite inspirational romance series? What did you love about it?