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How do you deep a series evolving, characters and all? Join paneliists: Connie Campbell Berry, Eileen Curley Hammond and Andrew Welsh-Huggins with Moderator, Patrick Stuart, BCW President - Shared screen with speaker view
Rosemary
01:00:35
It seems that all my favorite books are series…
Rosemary
01:01:25
From Anne of Green Gables and Nancy Drew as a kid, to the mystery series I read today!
Rosemary
01:02:43
When you open the next book, you meet your old friends again!
Sharon Michalove (she/her) Romance/Mystery
01:03:46
My first reading was golden age mysteries, so continuing detectives. I gravitate to series.
Tawn Skousen
01:04:46
Hello from San Diego! Thanks for inviting all SinC members!
Eileen Curley Hammond
01:05:02
Hi, Tawn! Welcome!
Rosemary
01:06:39
Question to all of you: regarding Connie’s “unfolding” the story of the character… do you have any guidelines you use to make sure you’re not “springing” anything on your faithful readers that they should have known in Book 1?
Becky Sue Epstein
01:08:30
Would it be possible to have a cozy series where the protagonist is always traveling?
Vicki Noll
01:32:17
Andrew brought up point of view. How do you decide which point of view works for your story?
Rosemary
01:34:24
That makes sense, Andrew
Carol Preflatish
01:35:28
How do you now when the series has run its course? When do you end it?
Rosemary
01:35:36
Question- do you know how long your series will be, and did you know how many books there would be when you started?
eojb@visn.net
01:35:58
Or someone who is on the run from....whatever?
Rosemary
01:35:58
Ah, Carol, our questions are similar
Ramona
01:36:01
I finally figured something out. While I'm reading a novel - I luv it. I think of the characters. I think about what has happened, and of what will happen. Then when it's over. When the book ends, I get mad at the author. I would think to myself that's a bad ending. In actuality, upon reflection, it's not a bad ending. I just mourn the fact that it's over and I miss the characters. My question is, how do you know how to end and when to end? And, are you ever criticized for doing so...?
Carol Preflatish
01:36:31
I'll add a little bit to my question. Do any of you get tired of writing your main characters?
Ana Brazil
01:37:17
Troy Soos’s character was a ball player who traveled with his team to different cities. but not a cozy.
Melissa Yuan-Innes
01:38:23
Right, how would you keep the series fresh if you’re growing tired of writing it? Whether it’s the character, the setting, or other aspects?
Tawn Skousen
01:45:57
Is it important to incorporate references to prior books in series?
Mary Mars
01:49:08
I thought book 2 was just a sequel.Book 3? A trilogy. But then book 4 came along and I suddenly had ideas through book 8. Thought I was done there but then had a great LGBTQ idea for book 9 which led all the way to book 12. Book 12 seems to tie everything up in a bow. Then book 13 explores PTSD with the returning hero and now books 13-20 are going to be the secret pregnancy books for the MC. Hiding the baby’s identity through books 25-36 while in adventures and books 37-48 when people now know baby is hers but are trying to find out who dad is. Books 49-60 is the struggle for custody and protection of baby leading to the big wedding to end the series, right? Oh boy, now my brain has planned books 60+ as a couple! Somebody stop me!But to answer the question when is your series done? When your brain tells you it’s done. Or…when you run out of alphabet or numbers for titles. 😉 I’m using colors for titles. I may have to switch things up for books 60+. Sorry so long! 😜
Eileen Curley Hammond
01:50:05
Kudos, Mary!!
eojb@visn.net
01:50:45
Does that NOT depend on the "universe" created by the author for their character?
eojb@visn.net
01:58:11
Fiction is 'spozed to take you some place else. Right!
Mary Mars
01:59:35
Mentioning song lyrics and movies from current times can also date your MS.
eojb@visn.net
01:59:53
Mystery solved = resolution, right?
Ramona
02:07:01
When you include truths from Real Life people in your life, how much do you have to change (besides their name) to protect yourself from getting in trouble...
Mary Mars
02:07:58
In 1st person I treat phone conversations like in person conversations, but I set it up as a phone call first.
Mary Mars
02:09:35
In a series, sometimes bad guys live to come back in a future book. Oh, the suspense!
Mary Mars
02:15:20
I use dialogue to let readers know the relationship between characters and they allude to what got them there. “Well now I’m with somebody else because you left me for your career. Please just let me go.” Don’t need the whole back story. They’ll go back and read the other book!
Mary Mars
02:20:34
I use real life events from my life occasionally and think how would my MC deal with this. My MC is from Whitehall.
eojb@visn.net
02:22:31
Without "place" -- the "THERE"/Universe I referenced in my question -- there really can not be a story. It is the environment in which every thing takes "place." RIGHT????
Mary Mars
02:22:42
Halfway through book 1, my MC takes a job as a stewardess on a private jet company. That’s when I knew I had a series where MC travels the world.
Eileen Curley Hammond
02:23:03
Love that, Mary!
Eileen Curley Hammond
02:23:50
Eileen, yes! The question is it totally fictional or is it based on a real place?
Melissa Yi
02:24:13
Yes, season is very important to me too. My poor MC was stuck in winter for a few books. :) I notice that Louise Penny tends to change seasons with subsequent books.
Becky Sue Epstein
02:24:38
Does anyone use a cartographer to draw their fictional village or county?
Mary Mars
02:25:04
Seasons are so important. Hurricane season in FL, for instance.
Eileen Curley Hammond
02:25:33
Becky Sue, I don't. I know some SF writers who do that.
Melissa Yi
02:26:59
Becky Sue and Eileen, same. I’ve seen SF do this, but it would be a nice investment for your fictional village if you like. Jennifer Crusie did that for Welcome to Temptation, for example.
Mary Mars
02:28:05
Although I use lots of real references, I can’t in some cases. T.A.T. Ristorante di Familia is the oldest restaurant in Columbus, but beta readers who aren’t from Columbus don’t understand the T.A.T. Part of the name so I had to rename it. Also, if I say something negative, I have to make up a place.
Becky Sue Epstein
02:28:28
Could anyone put me in touch with a cartographer?
Mary Mars
02:29:52
Becky Sue Epstein try your local university.
Mary Mars
02:31:32
I fake my readers out when it comesto killing my darlings. 😎 my aim is to wrench their heartstrings and giving them a huge surprise later in the book!
eojb@visn.net
02:31:45
Game of Thrones, too. Sigh,
Mary Mars
02:33:10
I was shackled by a promise to my daughter to never kill anyone! 🥸
Dan Stout
02:33:10
Fantastic information today -- thank you all so much!!
eojb@visn.net
02:33:17
Can we all unmute and say THANKS!
Vicki Noll
02:33:23
This was wonderful! Thank you all.
Melissa Yi
02:33:27
Thanks!
Becky Sue Epstein
02:33:30
Thank you!
Carol Preflatish
02:33:35
Thank you for doing this. It was great. I'm from southern Indiana and belong to the Louisville SinC chapter.
Ana Brazil
02:33:37
Thanks! Great session!
Eileen Curley Hammond
02:33:50
Thanks for coming!
Tawn Skousen
02:33:54
Thank you for such an informative presentation!