This morning I received an email asking me if Hold On was the last book in the Alexa Reed series. After I traded a few emails with the person who emailed, I learned that she was asking because she never starts to read a series unless it’s finished. That email, coupled with all of the questions I’ve been getting about when my next book is coming out, have me really thinking about the whole concept of book series and what role they’ve played in my own reading life.
Mystery -Fantasy-Drama-Romance-Paranormal: I’ve read it all
I’ve always loved to read, and when I go back to the beginning, I see I’ve always been a big fan of book series myself. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that I chose to make my first venture into writing centered on multiple books. I must’ve been around eight years old when I started reading the Trixie Belden Series. I think I read every book there was about my favorite girl detective. I enjoyed Nancy Drew as well, but Trixie held a special place in my heart. I thought she kicked ass!
The Chronicles of Narnia probably made an appearance sometime around that time, and I couldn’t get enough of Lucy, Tumnus, Aslan, and Turkish chocolate. Twenty something years later I got to see it on the big screen, which was a treat.
In my young teens my tastes changed, and the next series I can remember reading voraciously was The Sweet Valley High Series. I’m not sure how many books there were, but I know I read and owned most of them. The Wakefield twins and all of their friends were my first real introduction into YA fiction/romance, and it was a good one. Thanks Francine Pascal! I think about that series today when I feel like I’m not going to be able to stop writing about Alexa and Julian.
Things stepped up a notch when I started reading the Dollanganger Series by V.C. Andrews. I look back on the themes in those books and admit I probably shouldn’t have been reading them at such a young age, but I loved them.
After that I can’t even think of any series I read until Twilight, and I was forced into that by a friend who just wouldn’t shut up about it. I wasn’t into anything supernatural, and it took years to convince me to read about a bunch of nice vampires. I’m actually laughing right now because it changed my whole world – reading and TV watching that is! I finished the whole series in a week (clearly I did nothing else but read that week), and have watched every Twilight movie too many times to count. Yes, I watch Vampire Diaries and True Blood too! I can’t leave out the Hunger Games either. I think I jumped on that bandwagon pretty late too, but I was hooked and read all three in a weekend.
When it became personal:
Next up, the life changing 50 Shades of Grey. Yes, I said life changing. Reading this series inspired me to pursue my dream of writing, and helped me decide that I wanted to write a romance novel…or novels. After I finished Fifty, I read the Crossfire Series. I was then even more convinced I wanted to write a series in this genre. The rest is history really, as you all know I just released the second book in the Alexa Reed series, and am busily working on the third installment. I mentioned on a Facebook post the other day that I was having a hard time writing because I realized I wasn’t ready for Julian and Alexa’s love story to end quite yet. When I got so many positive responses telling me to keep writing (one even suggested I write until Julian started collecting social security) I knew I didn’t need to make the decision right now that the next book would be the last. Instead, I made the decision to just see where the story takes me.
What I’ve learned, thanks to all of my reading and from all of you is that when the story is good we’re never really ready for it to be over. Do you agree?