How A Serial Series Writer Makes It Work
Before we begin, I’d like to thank Nikki at Storm Goddess Book Reviews for letting me pop in to talk about my latest release, SAVAGE ANGEL and The Earth Angels paranormal romance series!
Though I’ve only recently been published, I’ve been writing novels since I was fourteen. Believe it or not, almost all of these projects have been connected in some way. I’ve always thought of it as “my world”, a place where anything can happen, and one person’s story always leads to another, and another, and another.
The Earth Angels series, my latest from Carina Press, is no different in that regard. But since I knew I wanted the story arc to have a defined beginning, middle and end, it had to be much tighter in focus. How I started: first I had the idea of what it would be like to be a modern-day descendant of the Nephilim, an ancient race of human-angel hybrids. Second, I wanted to take familiar paranormal themes—a superhero, a wounded loss-of-powers warrior, a lover-turned-fighter and a soldier—and display these characters within the series. And lastly I needed a common foe to tie it all together.
What would a common foe be for a band of almost-human super-powered beings with hints of angelic DNA? A demonic apocalypse, of course. ;)
All of this needed a TON of research, so I started with character outlines. The heroine of SAVAGE ANGEL was the first character that came to mind. All the modern-day Nephilim have special abilities, but I wanted Sara (currently the only woman with angelic DNA in the series) to be the ultimate super soldier. Right away she appeared in my mind as being calmly capable in any battle situation, but her social skills are nonexistent. She’s awkward and self-conscious, and almost painfully shy around the man who makes her tremble, Gideon Mandeville. To have a character like this brought to her knees through the force of love was a ton of fun to write!
Once I had outlined all the protagonists for the four Earth Angels books, I went in search of an appropriate villain. Ack, there were so many demons to choose from! But I finally settled on a reaaaaallllllly terrible spawn of hell who has some of the sneakiest—and most insidiously terrifying—powers I’ve come across. The big reveal of who their ultimate foe is will be revealed later, so I can’t talk about it now, but trust me—this demon can threaten an apocalypse like nobody’s business, and in such a way you’ll never see it coming. He’s deliciously evil. >:)
There’s no right or wrong way to build a series, but for me it’s all about the characters. Unless the series is open-ended—and I have one of those coming out with Carina Press later this year—it was important to have a clear path of where I wanted this four-part story to go. It might be time-consuming in the beginning, but it’s so worth it when you reach the end and have a tight, organized series that has absolute resolution.
Question: Do you like a series that you know is 1.) finished, 2.) open-ended or 3.) has a finite amount of books to it, but is not yet complete?
by Stacy Gail
Feel nothing. Sara Savitch's personal mantra has been hard to live by ever since her torrid one-night stand with army doctor Gideon Mandeville. Descended from the Seraphim, angels known as heaven's soldiers, Sara may be an expert fighter, but she's an amateur when it comes to relationships.
Physically unharmed, but still battle-scarred, Gideon has returned to Dallas in the hopes of regaining his faith in humanity—and in himself. Instead he's walked into a nightmare. His father is on a serial killer's hit list, and has hired a personal bodyguard—the very woman who has haunted Gideon's dreams for a year.
As Sara works to build an impenetrable fortress around her client, she yearns to tear down the one around Gideon's heart. With his bitter rejection of warriors, will he ever be able to accept her true nature? Sara must find a way to trust Gideon with her secret as the killer closes in…
“Let’s make this quick,” she announced without preamble, heading over to the desk and gesturing an invitation toward the chairs on the opposite side of it. “I have a meeting waiting for me, along with about a fifty other things that need to get done before noon. And in future, I’d appreciate it if you would call and make an appointment the next time you want a face-to-face.”
“An appointment? For me?” Refusing to even look at the chairs she’d indicated, Gideon kept his distance and stayed by the windows, his expression so remote he looked as unapproachable as the moon. “Do you insist all your lovers do that, or is it just me?”
She hoped her swift intake of breath was something only she heard. “You’ve made it apparent we don’t have that kind of relationship and after yesterday, I’m forced to agree with you. You’re not my lover, or boyfriend, or even acquaintance. We’re strangers, and I have no problem keeping it that way.”
“Except for the small fact that strangers don’t usually have mind-blowing sex up against the garage wall, do they?”
Her fingers curled into her palms, and she wondered if her face looked as neon-red as it felt. “And here I was, thinking you’d forgotten about that.”
“Something that hot is hard to forget.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A competitive figure skater from the age of eight, Stacy Gail began writing stories in between events to pass the time. By the age of fourteen, she told her parents she was either going to be a figure skating coach who was also a published romance writer, or a romance writer who was also a skating pro. Now with a day job of playing on the ice with her students, and writing everything from steampunk to cyberpunk, contemporary to paranormal at night, both dreams have come true.
Stacy Gail –Website: http://stacygail.blogspot.com/
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