Every unpublished writer dreams of becoming an author. The thought of holding my first published book in my hands used to be enough to bring a smile to my face on even the worst of days. It was the the goal I worked to attain. Now, I find that I have become jaded thanks to the likes of Linda Howard, Nora Roberts and even our own Christy Reece.
Now when I dream of becoming published, I want a three book deal. One is just simply not enough for me. Yes, I am greedy. It's not the money, I tell myself. I want the continuity of characters who are introduced in one book, continued and expanded upon in the next book. Characters and/or situations that we can identify with and come to love.
I guess that's why I find myself the owner of the White Oak series from Mazo De La Roche. I had to follow each generation of this family reading about their lives for over two hundred years. They became familiar to me and I loved seeing how they fared.
It's also why Sue Grafton is now on book number twenty in her alphabet series. We love her character and like revisiting with Kinsey and all her friends. Still, with only five letters left, I have to wonder what she is considering next? Will it be a numbered series? Based on colors? Or, perhaps an organization that she will weave through several books?
There seems to be a trend towards books that are part of a series. It makes sense for the publisher--it's easier to market. I like picking up a book from an author who has a theme carried through several books and I am crafting my novels with that in mind.
Is this a ploy you use in your writing? If so, what is the common thread that runs through each book?