Reading and Writing Romance in Series
I’m a fan of series. I love knowing when I finish the first book in a series there will be more coming. It’s like becoming part of a community. Everyone in the community is an individual with his or her own story. But we all know the stories, the backgrounds, the experiences, and being among our community members is always easy to slip into and enjoy the sense of belonging and support. We recognize the faces and can’t wait to discover what has happened since the last time we saw one another.
Reading series is like that for me, especially when the titles in the series can also stand alone. There is pleasure in reading each book, and with romance, following the developing story between the hero and heroine as they find their HEA. In the final book, it’s so satisfying to see every character from the multiple books gather together and affirm their devotion to one another. It just feels good.
I get the same satisfaction as an author when writing a series. My books often have a theme of 'family is what you make it.' Love and support can come from nonbiological family members just as well, and maybe better, than from a biological connection. Sometimes family is where we learn our most difficult and painful lessons about ourselves, and that’s not always fun. Turning to our ‘made’ family can provide solace and companionship and support in a meaningful way. For these reasons, I enjoy creating a ‘made’ family in writing a series with a group of characters who can push each other’s buttons but also never let each other down.
Writing my Fierce Hearts series was hard work and it was a deep experience for me. I enjoyed the diversity of characters and problems, as well as the strength of each one as they faced danger and pain and still triumphed in their individual ways. Although right now I’m working on a book project that I expect to be a single title, thoughts for future projects are popping up in groups, so more series are to come.