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Thanks, Karin -- Ive been enjoying the Pennyroyal Green series, too. I think it was readers here on WordWenches who first put me onto them, too. :)
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Diane, your questions are a bit too complicated to answer in a short comment, so Ive decided to answer them more fully the next time I blog -- 19th Feb. And because Ill be using your question, youre entitled to a book of mine as a thanks. We wenches love getting blog topic suggestions. :)
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Michelle, most authors I know spend so much time crafting a story world that it's a bit like a baby, so yes, we're not eager to abandon it. :) As for readers haranguing authors -- it's a fine line, isn't it, between eager fandom (which is lovely) and reader entitlement (which can get quite ugly.) I get lots of emails asking for this character's book or that -- and for me, that's encouragement. But I've seen some readers abuse authors for not taking a book or series in the direction they (the reader) wanted it to go, and that's horrible. And you're right about reviews — one person's hot button is another readers delight. But never hesitate to put up a review -- reviews help a writer gain visibility. Thank you for your encouragement and support.
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Helena, I couldn't agree more. I want the current story now, and future stories should look after themselves. I've come across a few books in recent years where suddenly there's a chapter that has nothing to do with the current story and stars a couple that are secondary at best, and sometimes merely inhabitants of the same town, and it's clear that the only reason that scene or chapter is there is to introduce the hero and heroine of the next book. I find that kind of unsubtle sequel-bait more annoying than enticing.
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Thanks, Vicki. Mary Jo's rule of thumb about characters from previous books having to earn a place is spot on. I, too dislike it when I get a pile of gratuitous information about a secondary character and realize I'm being set up for the next book. It's quite different when a secondary character does something in a book that intrigues me and I want to know more about him. It's usually a him, though not always. If my interest is fairly caught, then I'll happily wait for his book. But I don't much like being force-fed in that direction.
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Thanks, Janice. As I said elsewhere, the whole family reunion at the end thing is a bit of a minefield -- a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation and we authors must walk a fine line. :) If a book ends with a wedding, for instance, there's a good reason for them all to be there, though not necessarily to go into detail about their current situation. I dislike the kind of epilogue that takes place 10, 20 or even 50 years down the track and is a summary is the couple's happy life, numerous happy offspring, even more numerous and adorable grandchildren and so on.
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Thanks Laura. For me it's like a gift when I start reading a book and realize a) I enjoy the authors writing and b) there's a whole pile of books that come before or after this one. Im glad you've been enjoying my Chance sisters.
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Elizabeth, I think a lot of readers would appreciate the variety of an older hero. And presumably an older heroine as well.
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Elizabeth, that seems to me to be the ideal way to write a series, letting one naturally emerge.
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Karen, I love those worlds as well. Loved the world of Pern and the dragons, Hogwarts is the world of a generation, and Mary Jo's and JAK/AQ's worlds, too -- they and others are on my keeper shelves.
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Thanks Kathy. I do enjoy plunging back into a world -- fantasy or otherwise -- that I've enjoyed before. I loved the first 4 or 5 Outlander books, but I wasn't as keen on them when they went to America. I wanted them to stay in Scotland. :) But also I think it's because I was reading the books as a romance, and felt that Jamie and Claire's romance was finally achieved and I didn't want them to be going into new and dangerous situations where I'd have to worry about them being killed again. (Yes, I'm a terrible wimp.)
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Thanks Nikki. Characters have a tendency to do that -- take over. You need to wrangle them :)
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"I truly believe the writer should write what the writer wishes to write (limited only by what the market will buy or the editors will allow" Sue, that's the tricky part -- quite often what the writer wishes to write isn't what the editor thinks will be commercial, or what the market wants from that author. Generally speaking, once an author has established a world that readers love, it's very hard to change what you write. I've seen quite a few beloved authors branch into quite a different area and get smacked for it. Other authors talk wistfully of their books of the heart -- often books they've wanted to write for years and have been discouraged from writing. The whole self-publishing thing has changed that, however, and more of these books are showing up.
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I think that's the key, Patricia -- readers entered the Bridgerton world and relate to the characters, their situations and their relationships in the way you sometimes look at family. Thanks for adding to the conversation.
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Thanks, Cynthia -- I do agree with you on characters needing to justify their appearance -- and not rehashing previous stories. Congratulations on the longevity of your series.
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That's an excellent rule, Mary Jo. And as far as I'm concerned, your series never run out of steam.
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Mary, Ive always enjoyed Mary Balogh's stories, and whenever I start reading and realize a book (by any author) is part of a series, I usually go back and start it from the beginning. There's a certain pleasure in knowing the meaning of the small bits of information that come later books. Though if I start a book and there's a huge info-dump about what happened in the previous books, I'm not a happy reader. As a writer, I know it's a struggle to give readers as much information as they need to understand the current book, and not to ladle it out as an info-dump, so I try . . .
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Jo, that's exactly why I wrote about worlds as well as series -- I think most readers love dipping back into Malloren World or whatever -- the world, and the strength of the characters.
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Yes, both Mary Jo and Jo have got the right touch and as far as I'm concerned could write endless series without me getting bored. For me the key to good series is that every book is fairly much stand alone, as well as being lightly linked. On the other hand, I read a lot of fantasy and quite a few series that I love simply start a new book where the last one finished, and the story continues.
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Blushing is character-building. ;) And I'm thinking the series might not quite end yet -- I might have a novella in me, if I can find the time to write it in between the contracted work.
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I think some authors are more able to keep a series fresh than others, but the question about bringing in characters from previous series is a fraught one. Some people love to revisit those characters and some hate it. I try to have characters from previous books only when it seems likely and doesn't distract from the current book. As for dived and dove -- I'm pretty philosophical about US grammar v/s English grammar. Dove might sound wrong to those of us who were brought up to say dived but the reverse is often true as well.
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Lately I've been thinking about the world of a story — I don't just mean the setting or the geographical location, but the world in which the story takes place, the world created by an author. Each author, even if they set their story in the London of Regency-era England, will create a slightly different world. Georgette Heyer's Regency-era London is different from Stephanie Laurens' or Julia Quinn's, or for that matter any of the wenches. Each 'world' carries the unique and often distinctive stamp of its author. Continue reading
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Thanks, Reina Im glad you like it.
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Thanks Teresa -- so pleased you like it. :)
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Its frustrating, isnt it, Sue? Ive been using it forever -- back when it was Claris Works, then Apple Works and so on, and with each new incarnation it has fewer good features and gets less user-friendly IMO. Its as if theyre trying to drive us to MS Word or something -- which is crazy. But the assumption behind the new version of Pages is that serious writers will use MS word and ipad users will use pages. but I HATE Word. And I asked if I could get Old Pages for the new laptop, and they told me no, it wont work on it. Bah humbug, say I.
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