Since then I written three series in all and am now working on my fourth. Here's my definition of a series: A group of books that either:
- Have a common theme
- Are located in a common place
- Have the same characters
That's what I had to do this week. After finishing the first draft of book one in my next series, Escape to Paradise, I need to come up with themes, ideas, and events that would happen in the next two books that would
- Incorporate the entire series theme of Running away from God through all three books
- Tie in the individual book themes with each other and with the major theme
- Move each of my six main characters along their predestined path for the changes I want to see in them... slowly until each one is accomplished by the end of the third book
- Incorporate the exotic locale of Brazil into the storyline in such a way that it seems a part of the plot
- End each book with a bang!
- Use all secondary characters to further both the plot and the change in each of my main characters
For these series, I didn't even really think about the stories in book 2 until I finished book 1 and the same with book 3. In fact, I usually got the ideas for the next book while I was writing the book before it. Normally a character in the book will just pop out for me and want their own story. Like Alex in Surrender the Heart. I could tell he was unhappy and searching, yet had a kind heart. I just knew something marvelous was going to happen to him. And Luke Heaton, of course, he was all but screaming for his own story to be told.
But I fear my creative muse has gone on vacation for Christmas. LOL