I Can’t Wait For The Next One… The Book Series

The concept of ‘series’ in writing is far from new. Series in public, fiction books appeared as early as the 18th century. Recently, however, the expectation for a continuous, on-going story has become the norm rather than the exception. This is especially true for books geared towards the younger reader.

IMG_0540Book series allow a reader to immerse them into the world of imagination like no other way possible.* Who can read the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew and not become a detective? Who can read C.S Lewis and not get transported to Narnia? The anticipation of the next book lets a reader remain connected to the characters long after the last published book is read.

For the author, a book series allows them the opportunity to grow and develop their characters along with the readers. Sometimes readers see heros in the least-likey characters. Some of the best ‘inspiration’ comes from reader feed-back. For me, one of the biggest joys of writing is seeing a character change before my eyes. It’s when something happens while I’m writing that literally makes me stop and think… wow, I didn’t see that coming.

Although the main thread of the Secret Keeper series is based on a concept associated with a specific belief, the content of the book itself is not solely based on any single IMG_0542group.

Readers today, regardless of age, must identify with an ethnic character and a cultural plot line within the fantasy world they enter. As this story developed, a conscious effort was made to include diversity of characters, cultures, traditions and beliefs.

*The possible exception may be video games, but I think we can all agree that’s not the healthiest alternative.

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