Sometimes I feel like ‘the end’ are two of the most satisfying words in the English language. I realize ‘the end’ can have vastly different meanings, depending on the context. For writers, the moment of completion of a book project can bring forth a range of emotions. Joy, relief, happiness, sorrow, thankfulness, and pure exhaustion from pushing through to meet a deadline.
I’ll be honest, and share that I had wondered for a long time if I’d ever reach the point where I could say I have written and published a complete series.
My Sydney Sweethearts series, including three short novels and a novella, is now complete. The three novels were originally traditionally published without being formally linked as a series by the publisher. I wrote the Christmas novella when I was waiting for an answer on my rights reversion request.
I spent six years in the writing wilderness where I worked a busy and fulfilling day job. My writing took a back seat behind family and other priorities in my life. During some of those years I struggled with debilitating migraines, and my writing aspirations were put on hold. My caring responsibilities increased, and my health issues reminded me that I was no longer in my twenties or thirties with boundless energy.
Earlier this year I left my day job and embraced the opportunity to have more time to focus on writing. As a result, my Sydney Sweetheart series is complete, and a few of the characters live on in other stories. Billie, my heroine in Seaside Proposal, is a cousin of my heroines in Solo Tu (A Tuscan Legacy) and His Perfect Catch novellas.
Billie and Zach (from Seaside Proposal) are now happily married, and will be traveling on vacation in USA for four or five months. Their vacation will either be mentioned or included in two of the three books I’m currently writing.
I enjoy reading books where I’m reunited with characters who I’ve loved in previous books and series. I like the snippets of married life, children, and seeing these characters living the ups and downs of the happily-ever-after that was promised in their romance story. I’m also the reader who will cry if I discover in a later book that the characters have split up, or a spouse has passed.
Do you like meeting up with characters from previous books and series? Do you like it when characters jump around between different series? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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