Welcome to the Fangs, Fur & Mistletoe Tour! Who couldn’t use another sexy holiday read? Selena Blake is visiting Booked & Loaded today talking about how she develops a series. Selena is also offering up a beautiful Eternity necklace to one lucky winner tour wide! (details below)
Developing a Series – The New Way by Selena Blake
Once upon a time…
I wrote a series. One book at a time, each book loosely building on the previous one(s). And it worked out pretty well, but not perfectly.
I think that’s pretty much how most authors write a trilogy or series. They come up with the cast of characters and start writing.
To be fair, that series, Stormy Weather, has done pretty darn well. But there were threads that I lost over the years I was writing it. Things that, looking back, I could have continued through the following stories. Or even expanded upon. But when there are actual years in between writing the stories, it’s easy to lose those details. And I imagine, the bigger the series, the more organized the author needs to be.
Heck, I’m the writer that defaults to the hero always having blue eyes. This usually happens about halfway through the book. Suddenly I remember “oh, he has warm brown eyes” and then I must fix it.
When a publisher comes up with the idea for a series, they create what’s called a series Bible. It includes the cast of characters, key settings, and enough detail that all authors participating have a good foundation for their story(s).
My latest series is called Mystic Isle. I’ve done something completely different this time around and I’ve talked to a few authors about the project and they’re all a little…well, some are in awe and some think I’m crazy.
You see, I started using a program called Scrivener which allows me to be more organized. I can keep things like character charts, story ideas, outlines, blurbs, and even the actual document itself open all at the same time.
I just love the way this is set up. It makes it super easy for me to see all the information I need at a glance. Being able to click down to one of the characters means I stay true to character (and their eye color.)
And the best part is, it helps me stay true to the series.
Since each story is already set up, so to speak, I can easily add to them as I get an idea. That’s the sort of ‘holy cow’ part of all this. I’ve found myself writing them all at the same time and that’s really helped me stay true to the characters and build on what I’ve created. This project feels more cohesive.
And because they’re all being written well in advance of publication, it gives me time to make sure the wrinkles are ironed out. I’m not saying you won’t find a wrinkle, I’m just saying that I’m doing a lot more ironing with this series than I was able to do with my last one.
Now I just hope that readers enjoy it.
There you have it. An inside look at my newest writing process.
~ABOUT SELENA BLAKE~
An action movie buff with a penchant for all things supernatural and sexy, Selena Blake combines her love for adventure, travel and romance into steamy paranormal romance. Selena’s books have been called “a steamy escape” and have appeared on bestseller lists, been nominated for awards, and won contests. When she’s not writing you can find her by the pool soaking up some sun, day dreaming about new characters, and watching the cabana boy (aka her muse), Derek. Fan mail keeps her going when the diet soda wears off so write to her at Selena@selena-blake.com Visit her online at http://www.selena-blake.com or if you’re on Facebook, become a fan athttp://www.facebook.com/authorSelenaBlake
~About Fangs, Fur & Mistletoe~
Vampiress Coco Jeffress has one week to get her mojo back. After a long sexual drought, Mystic Isle, the exclusive pleasure playground for paranormals, is just what the doctor ordered. For once she’s choosing lust over love.
Tall, dark, and oh-so-handsome werewolf Grayson West is well versed in the arts of war and women. He’s got one week to blow off some steam before he heads back into the field and he’s more than willing to help a lady find her inner vixen.
Especially when she’s the same beautiful blue eyed vamp he met one hundred years ago and has never been able to forget. They were once sworn enemies, pulled apart by war. Now they’re lovers. But history has a way of rearing its ugly head and their new relationship will have to stand up to the test of loyalty, friendship and even time itself.
Selena is graciously giving away 1 Infinity Necklace to a lucky visitor on Booked & Loaded.
This giveaway is open to US residence only.
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This giveaway will end on December 9th, 2012 at 11:59 pm CST. I will choose the winner via random.org. Winner will be contacted via email address provided in comment and has 72 hours to claim prize.