The Question I’m Most Often Asked

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As an author people ask me a lot of questions, but question I’m most often asked is, drumroll…  Are your books a series?

And the answer is…   No!

I get it. Many authors like to write series books. Many readers apparently like them too. However, the authors whom I consider to be my mentors, such as Rosamunde Pilcher, don’t write book 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 novel. When I wrote my second novel, The Deception, I wrote a chapter set at Hanson Sisters Fine Art, Gillian‘s gallery in The Reunion. Gillian’s sister and business partner, Cynthia, is also discussed in a conversation between two Deception characters. It was a nice way to incorporate the two novels together.

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. This time around they’re supporting characters. The lead characters are Ian’s son, Jeremy, and his wife, Cassie. There are some references to events from The Reunion, but only vaguely discussed. I worded them so those who who hadn’t read The Reunion would 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 The Betrayal, was a minor character in The Reunion. He was the police detective who warned Gillian about her ex husband, Jason. This time around the roles are reversed as Gillian makes a cameo appearance.

I’m currently working on my fifth 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.