What I’m Most Often Asked

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As an author people ask me a lot of questions, but what I’m most often asked is are your books a series?

And the answer is no.

Some authors write series books which their readers seem to like. However, the authors who I consider as mentors, such as Rosamunde Pilcher, don’t write their books in a series. Their novels are stand alone books. One trick I have borrowed from Ms. Pilcher is to take a minor character from one book and incorporate him or her into another. She took a minor character from The Shell Seekers, and used him to introduce a new cast of characters in September

The Reunion was my first contemporary romance novel. When I wrote my second contemporary romance novel, The Deception, I set a chapter at Hanson Sisters Fine Art, which is Gillian‘s gallery in The Reunion. It was a nice way to incorporate the two novels together.

My third contemporary romance novel, The Journey, comes the closest to being a sequel. It uses the same cast of characters as The Reunion, but it too is a stand alone book. Ian and Gillian, the leading characters from The Reunion, appear in The Journey as supporting characters. Their story has already been told. This time the lead characters are Ian’s son, Jeremy, and his wife, Cassie. There are some references to events from The Reunion, but they are only vaguely discussed. I worded them in such a way so those who who hadn’t read The Reunion would simply see it as a part of the backstory. In other words, you don’t have to have read, The Reunion, in order to read, and enjoy ,The Journey. 

Kyle Madden, the leading man in my next contemporary romance novel, The Betrayal, was a minor character in The Reunion. He was the police detective who warned Gillian about her ex husband. This time around the roles are reversed as Gillian makes a cameo appearance.

I’m currently working on my fifth contemporary romance novel, The Stalker. Jonathan Fields, a featured character from The Deception, has already made an appearance. So far no one’s been to Hanson Sisters Fine Art, but then again, I’ve only just started writing.

Marina Martindale

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