I have accepted the A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. Every day in April (except Sundays) I will be posting a blog, starting with A today, April 1st, and ending with Z on April 30th. Other writers have accepted the challenge. I hope you’ll visit a few of those blogs, too.
Now, for A.
When I wrote The Crows, I had no idea there would be another book with the same characters. I thought The Crows would be a stand alone. All but two of my romances had been stand alones (the two that weren’t featured two sisters). Once The Crows was published, I was surprised when people asked when the next book featuring P.J. Benson, her Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy, and Sheriff’s Detective Wade Kingsley would be out.
Suddenly I was writing a series.
The Crows led to As the Crow Flies. And when that book ended, I’ll admit, the last paragraph really did demand a third book in the series. Eat Crow and Die will be out in July. Will there be more? Hmm, I’m not sure. I am working on a short story that involves these characters, so it’s a possibility.
Not being prepared to write another in the series (which wasn’t a series until I did write another), I ran into a lot of trouble. Trust me. If you think there’s a possibility you may write another book using the same characters PLAN AHEAD. Series writers, I learned, usually create a “bible,” a notebook or file that has all of the important data that will “travel” from book to book. Little things as well as the big, such as: What are the hero’s parents’ names? Where do his parents live? Their ages? Info about the neighbors, coworkers, and so on.
I’m starting another book. It may be a stand alone, but just in case it turns into a series, I’m going to start a file (or maybe a notebook) with all of the information I need, not only about my protagonists and antagonists, but also about the secondary and tierce characters.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. I hope you’ll check out some of the other blogs in this challenge. Go to A-to-Z Blogging Challenge and scroll down for the list.