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.
Book 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 group.
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.