She said she didn’t have the attention span to support more than three.
I didn’t start writing my Cactus Creek Cowboys as a strategy to gain more readers. The first two books were published as contest winners. I wrote the second one, because a character in the first story was personally compelling. She did something out of the ordinary and I wanted to know what motivated her to have sex with two men while roped to a ceiling beam. (DAMAGED GOODS)
I’m a pantser. (write by the seat of my pants and don’t have a clue what will happen in the story other than a happily-ever-after[HEA])
I met a character who I wanted to explore. There was also a third character in that first story (Starting Over) who lost out on love with the male protagonist…it didn’t seem fair not to find her a HEA.
I write these novellas as between 14,000 to 20,000 words. I think that’s why it’s easier for me to keep them coming. I said earlier I didn’t have a strategy, but I did purposely create two large families knowing I’d not rest until I knew each character’s story. So my I guess my plan was to keep myself interested…to motivate myself.
With the Kales and the Hansens I’m not quite half the way there. The latest two aren’t released yet. TRAILER TRASH has cameos with the both the Kales and Hansens, but the main protagonists are not from either family. There is a new scene where the characters from STORM OUT, one of whom IS a Kale, are visiting Arizona. Caren from Trailer Trash and Sam from STORM OUT have so much in common. I want them to have a conversation about their similarities, and I want more resolution to Sam and Cowboy’s gay relationship.
Cowboy is there to come out to all of his family and friends and I want to be there to see it the results. I guess I could have included it in STORM OUT, but I’d come to an organic ending I was happy with before this occurred to me.
And I’m not about to open that can of worms!
STORM OUT is included in an anthology with 16 other authors. There my name is…4th one down between to authors I love to read (and have read very recently), and among others I will be reading soon. It’s under a stricter time crunch, and I’m already to the wire on it.
Now here I am…still wanting to explore why an author writes a series, but this post is becoming all about me…I’m heading over to The butterscotch Martini Girls where I can examine this more…