Right now, I’m working away on a five-book series about the brothers of the hero of The Bargain. Five duke’s sons who certainly deserve their own love stories. Nathaniel, Viscount Hightower, the responsible eldest. Sebastian, the dashing cavalry major. Randolph, the ambitious churchman. Robert, the suave town beau. James, the naval officer, back from sailing the South Seas. I’m finding, though, that writing a series is different from crafting a stand-alone story in many ways.
Keeping track of all the details, for example. When books are connected, I have to make sure I know who said what, when. With The Bargain already out there, setting the scene, I have to make sure I follow through on what it promised. And keep the names and dates straight. And watch for spoilers. I’m up to my ears in charts for the six brothers and their respective love interests, not to mention other family members who enter and exit the plots. Where did I say Sebastian was when Nathaniel went to Brighton? When Robert and James meet up in London, what’s the season? I don’t want to find that I set a scene in July in one book and August in another!
Of course, there are great advantages to series writing as well. I have a cast of established characters for each book. No need to develop a whole new set, with all their quirks and history. And some events suggested by the first book have been great fun to expand. I also get to revisit couples from previous HEAs and tell everyone how they’re going. Probably my favorite, I can drop hints about what’s going on with absent brothers, which will later be told at length in their books. I’ve been enjoying that!
All in all, I think I like the world of series writing. What’s your favorite thing about series?