I wrote a series that consists of three books that will be rolling out in 2013. There's no overarching plot. These books are contemporary romances that are connected. They standalone, but if you read all three your reading experience will definitely be enhanced. Because of this they were easy to write. The only thing I had to get right were the facts of who they were and what they looked like. Because I wrote them in succession that killed most of the headache.
Right now I'm gearing up for NaNo. I am determined to put out this YA paranormal I've had sitting on my harddrive for eons sometimes next year too. (I'll be busy just like this year.) I keep going back to it because there's magic in the story. In a literal sense in the worldbuilding and the story in general. That's the hardest thing to get right in a book. I've pounded on this first book and am getting it ready for another round of betas and crits. I'm starting the second one and writing it for NaNo.
And, I'm in a bit of a pickle. I don't think this YA series can stand alone. I personally hate cliffhangers. SPOILER! It's why Weekend Lover's ending is the way it is. I wanted people to walk away from that short with a sense that the story, that characters experience had the promise of more but could end the way it was.
Will you be able to understand the world walking in on the second book? Yes. Will you be able to get a satisfying ending with each book? Yes. Will the story be complete at the end of each book? Yes and no. That's the pickle. A trilogy, a true trilogy has an overarching plot. The main story's question won't be answered until the last book, which at this point I have a very vague idea what it's about. What's really at stake won't be fully realized until the end of the second book though there are hints in the first.
So, the pickle...what the hell was I thinking? The pickle is that once I've invested in characters I have to know how it ends for them. I am compelled to find out their HEA whatever that is. I have no idea how things end in a concrete way for this trilogy. I have a vague sense that's becoming clearer the more I plot book 2. And every once in a while I'm hit with the fact I'm writing a true trilogy.
What the hell was I thinking?
I have no idea.
Yes, that's the gist of this post. Thrilling, isn't it?
So, what you can look forward to? Next year I'm rolling out a contemporary series that's full of uberly good romance that are vaguely, VAGUELY based on Cinderella, Beauty and the Beast, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The heroines are best friends. The heroes are hawt. There's an epic HEA to be had by all six characters.
And, there's also some YA paranormals. Maybe. Under a different name that will have me rocking in a corner wondering what the hell I was thinking.
Good times to look forward to.
P.S. There's also Tony's story. First draft is complete and I have to say it's good. Really good.