Once again the amazing Emerald Barnes is not only participating in a Blog tour for one of my books, but has asked me to do a guest post today. I cannot express how much I appreciate all her support. She’s been there right from the beginning and still holding on strong! I’m honoured to have met her, and feel lucky that we are able to help each other out as we venture through this journey of the literature world.
Today, Emerald has asked me to speak about writing a series, so I shall do my best! A series, like the Eden Series by yours truly, where each book is by no means a stand-alone, is slightly harder than say one where each story is different but the characters are the same. In my series, the books a very much all the same story even though they have been broken up into four. The most important thing that an author should remember when writing a series like this is to stay consistent and PLAN!
There are things, for example, that are mentioned in the first book that only make sense by book four. Each book has its own story, while at the same time still very much the same, so when put together they all flow together and make sense. Confusing? A bit lol but that’s the best I can explain it. You have to stay consistent, not just with the story, but with the characters. Planning out the series as a whole before you even start writing book one is extremely vital. If you’re looking to reveal something big by the last book, you have to slowly set it up as you go along. You don’t want the last book to have things coming out from left field. You want the reader to think “oh! That’s why that happened!” or “now that makes sense!” It’s like a puzzle. You want all the pieces to fit in perfectly, so once the reader is done there is a clear image in front of them.
If you’re like me, and have not just one storyline, but MULTIPLE within the series then keeping track of everything becomes even more difficult. All your storylines should meet in the end and wrap up nicely. You don’t want any lose strings or unanswered questions. And most of all, you want the readers to be happy with it. Make sure that any twists and turns you create make sense with where you’ve been leading the story so your readers aren’t yelling and cursing your name. For some authors it might help to write down a storyboard or timeline, and outline what topics you want to address in which book. You want to make sure each topic can be transferred to the next book while still making it interesting for the reader. Every book should have some sort of new conflict to keep things moving along, but at the same time make sense with the previous book and the one after. Consistency is such a huge factor in writing a series, I cannot stress it enough.
What’s the best way to make sure you’re achieving this? I’m not sure I have a good answer for that. You have to know your story inside and out. You have to be aware of what things have come to light and what things still need to be addressed. You have to make sure each book can stand on its own, even if it’s not in itself a stand-alone book. Beta readers are always a good choice to get new sets of eyes on the project. Get them to look for anything that is inconsistent. However this would be for a book at a time, so even then they might not catch anything. Your only real safe bet is yourself. You, as the author, know how it will begin and end, you just need to make sure the journey from one to another is smooth.
The first three books in my series are available for purchase on Amazon and Barnes and Nobel. The final book will be released later this year, so keep your eyes open for that!
Thank you to Emerald for allowing me to fill her blog with my nonsensical ramblings 😉 You’re the best, Em! Thanks Janelle, so are you! 🙂 And thanks for joining me today. As always, you write the best books! 🙂
This book is simply AMAZING! If you’ve read books one and two, you’re going to LOVE this book!
Janelle Stalder picks up where book two left off. Aiden has reached the Capitol, with the forest girl Lily, to warn them of what’s to come – a fight with the North. Jameson and Callum are still fighting, and Elisa is engaged to Markus, the King of the South. Aziz has taken in Rain and now is trying to capture Aiden.
And I must say, everything works out perfectly in the end – well mostly, but that just leaves us with another Eden book.
The book is told in multiple points of view, and although that can be distracting in other books, Janelle pulled it off beautifully. It helped to understand more of the story and the feelings of the characters in the book. And for that I was thankful! I loved being in all of their heads!
I love the new characters which were introduced as well.
Janelle kept me in Eden, and again, I didn’t want to leave! I would rather curl up and live with those characters in Eden!
And yet another win! I look forward to Book Four!
1 Grand Prize Winner will receive:
1 personalized and signed paperback copy of Eden, Eden-West, and Eden-South by Janelle Stalder
1 Custom Bookmark Inspired by The Eden Series
1 Limited Edition Map
5 Winners will receive:
1 digital copy of Eden-South by Janelle Stalder
1 “Paper Punch” Bracelet Inspired by The Eden Series and signed by Janelle Stalder
10 Winners will receive:
1 digital copy of Eden by Janelle Stalder
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Janelle Stalder was born and raised in Brampton, Ontario. At an early age she developed a love for literature. Her debut novel, Eden, was the first book in a series of four, released in September of 2011. The second book, Eden-West, was released in July of 2012, and the third book, Eden-South was released in March of 2013. The fourth book of the Eden Series, Eden-East, will be release at the end of 2013. She is a strong supporter of other indie authors, and loves to interact with her readers. When she’s not writing, Janelle is at home with her husband, two children, Aiden and Elora, and her two furry children, Alice and Lily. She now resides in the small town in Ontario in her old, possibly haunted, century home.
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