I recently saw an article about how many authors tend to write books in a series and thought I’d give my viewpoint on the issue.
When I set out to write Ronin I had no idea what I was starting. I had no intention of turning it into a series and was quite content to make it a one off story. I would write it then put it to bed and move on to another story.
What I found though was that I’d invested a lot of time and commitment to the story. I had begun to know my characters as you would real people. I knew their motivations, their back story, even if parts of it were not mentioned in the book I knew it anyway. When I finished the book I sat there thinking, “I wonder what they’d do next?” I started to wonder where they would go from where they’d been left, how would they cope with all the changes I, in my God-like wisdom had invested them with?
The longer this went on the harder it was for me to write about anything else. In the end I succumbed to it and sat down to write the next book. This one did not feature Kurt Stryder, the hero of Ronin. Where I left him at the end of the first book was a place of uncertainty as his future was concerned, so I chose Matt Hawk as the protagonist.
At the end of that book I added a scene which would link with the book that followed and it was a way of bringing Kurt back. Once that book was done I had a series and at least three other ideas for books to follow on. I couldn’t leave this series now if I wanted to. I know all the characters almost as well as I know my own family, probably better for I have total control over them, I sometimes wish I had that control over my family, life would be so much easier lol.
So there you have it, my reason why I can’t let go and just had to write a series.
See you next time