A big welcome today to Nic Starr as part of her blog tour for Patick’s Savior.
Writing a Series
Thanks so much for having me visit today, Anne. I’ve taken on board your suggestion and I’m talking about writing a series. My latest release, Patrick’s Savior, is the third book in a series, so it’s a very appropriate topic.
First off, it’s important to note that there are different types of series. For example, there are true series where each book follows on from the other, continuing the story and often telling the tale of one main couple (if it’s a romance). I haven’t written any series like this – all my boys have received their HEA (happily ever after) within the one book. My series are books written in the same ‘world’. There are elements, including locations and the same characters, that continue through the series, but often the books can be read stand alone. Although reading the series optimises the enjoyment.
In Patrick’s Savior you’ll get the story of Patrick and Simon, characters who were introduced in Charlie’s Hero (first book of the series), but you’ll also see some of the characters from Charlie’s Hero and its follow up, Andrew’s Promise.
There are a couple of critical considerations when writing a series. Most important are consistency and continuity. You don’t want readers to come across mistakes – things like forgotten details, misnaming people, or altered place descriptions, from book to book, – or issues with the timeline. Readers also fall in love with characters and the world you have created for them so have expectations for the next book in the series. They want the comfort of the familiar and to spend time with characters who they love. Therefore, I feel I owe it to my readers to produce a follow-on book that has the same ‘feel’ as the first book, and the same quality.
Often authors keep ‘series bibles’. These are basically reference documents and I’m sure there are many ways of going about it. For me, I use a combination of things. I write using software called Scrivener. This application stores lots of information including character profiles and my research, along with the full manuscript. It also has clever features to pull out all references to specific characters when you want to use them in the next book. I also have family trees that show how all my characters are involved with each other, and another piece of software that manages the overall timeline of the series and each book. I’m also a big fan of Pinterest and keep an inspiration board for each book so I have visual reminder of my characters and the places they live.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a little insight into the background of writing a series, and I hope you enjoy Patrick’s Savior.
How do you find love when someone doesn’t want you to be happy?
Patrick Edwards is dealing with a double whammy. Unwanted attention from his housemate’s boyfriend is making him feel uncomfortable in his own home, and he’s facing uncertainty with his employment as an administrative assistant at the local elementary school. He finally breathes a sigh of relief when a friend puts him in contact with Simon, who has a vacant room.
Simon Dawson is a paramedic who doesn’t hesitate to help Patrick. After all, no one should live in a house where they don’t feel safe. Simon develops feelings for Patrick, but doesn’t act on them—Patrick’s moved from a bad situation and doesn’t need his new housemate hitting on him. However, a weekend away changes everything when Simon realizes Patrick returns his feelings.
But someone doesn’t want Patrick and Simon to be happy. A series of strange letters arrive at the house, and things will get a lot worse before the two men get their happily ever after.
Patrick’s Savior is a novel of approximately 69k words. It is part of a series but can be read stand-alone.
Universal Link: https://www.books2read.com/patrickssavior
Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2wMzkMm
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B075WB3L2H
Amazon AU: https://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B075WB3L2H
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36301092-patrick-s-savior
Nic Starr lives in Australia where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books before realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be told.
Nic loves to spend time with her family—an understanding husband, two beautiful daughters, and a cherished Cairn terrier. Nic is a foodie and wine lover who lives in the city but is a country girl at heart. When not writing or reading, she is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home in the country.
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