Laura Haley-McNeil

4/7/19, Writing a Series

Hello, Everyone!

Are any of you fans of reading or writing a series? When I first started writing, many, many years ago, I wrote standalone novels. I hadn’t read many series except Nancy Drew. Maybe Nora Roberts. I don’t remember if series were popular back in those days.

Writing a Book Series

Then I discovered book series and I was hooked. It was nice to see characters from previous books appear in the current book I was reading, rather like a television show.

Of course, in romance, often times the characters that appear again in another book are happily married and have started that idyllic life. Or they can be the troubled character who will soon have her own book and receive her happily ever after.

Writing Hiatus

I took a fifteen year hiatus from writing. Let’s face it, writers have to be tough to make it. I don’t recommend a break in your writing career let alone a fifteen year break, but sometimes life gets in the way. My advice is, no matter what, keep writing.

When I couldn’t resist the desire to write again, I studied the market and noticed many authors were writing books in a series. These were family members that each had their own books or residents in a small town or they were visitors to a community like a beach or ski resort. The choices are limitless.

Family Series

When I started writing again, I wanted to write about a family in a small town and the Whitlochs of Crystal Creek, Colorado, began to form in my mind and made their way into the Crystal Creek Series. This is a romantic suspense series with each member faced with more than just a romantic dilemma. Max Whitloch, the family patriarch, has been married four times and had children from each marriage. These children, now adults are faced with their own issues as well as with their relationship with their father.

The Beaumont Brides Series is a little different in that Steve Duvall, who has six adult daughters, and Kim Lowe, who has six adult sons, have married. Though they live in Beaumont, Colorado, their children are recent college grads and starting their careers which take them all over the world. Wherever Love Finds You, Book 1 of the Beaumont Brides Series, takes place in New York City and Beaumont, Colorado. Book 2, which will be released this summer, will take place  Charleston, South Carolina. I visited that city a couple of years ago and have been trying to fit it into a story ever since.

What’s Your Opinion?

If you’re reading a series where you can’t wait until the next book is released, please share. If you’re writing a series, let us know what it is. And if you’re not fond of reading and/or writing in a series, I’d be interested in knowing your thoughts on that, too.

I hope you have a great week filled with fun things to do and exciting surprises. God bless you and your loved ones and stay safe!