Have you ever reached the end of a great book and thought, “No! That can’t be it. I’m not ready for it to end…”
I think most of us have had that type of reaction to a book that drew us in from page one and held us captive until the end. I know I certainly have on many occasions.
This is the very reason the series is so appealing to us. The story we fell in love with goes on, just in a different way. We can still catch up with our favorite characters, but in addition, we’re introduced to a whole new story that will hopefully make us fall in love all over again.
Still, not every book is destined to be a series.
So what makes a book series worthy? Well, at the core of every series you have great characters.
Obviously, a key ingredient in creating any great series is having an array of interesting secondary characters to complement the hero and heroine and make the reader want to know what happens to them as well.
But there has to be more to a good series than its characters. You need a fresh storyline that’s different from the first book and one that will set it apart and make the reader want to read it. And you need a great setting to place the series.
This past year, I wrote a series of contemporary inspirational romances that take place in a fictional town called Second Chance, Montana. It’s a small town with warm and welcoming characters that make you want to come in and stay for a while. The town is true to its name, offering everyone who visits a second chance. I so much enjoyed writing these books because they took place in the same location. I got to come home to Second Chance with each new book I wrote.
So, we have great characters, and intriguing storyline and the perfect setting. Now comes the end?
I think what makes for a great series is that the ending both surprises and satisfies us. The story ends, but there’s still room for more.
So, what about you? What are some of your favorite series and why did they make you love them so much?
All the best…