Thursday, August 18, 2016

Depends on your point of view - by Magdalena Scott


I'm nearing the end of a series. It's a misty-eyed time for me, because I've put a lot of myself into these books. As far as I know, putting a lot of yourself into your stories is the way to write the best tales possible.

If someone knows an easier way, I'd be glad to hear it.

The series I'm finishing is called "Serendipity, Indiana." The setting is a small fictional town, in which the powerful magic of Love creates unexpected events that lead to happy endings. (Or, if one is more of a concrete thinker, a bunch of random coincidences happen to people, and inexplicably, a happy ending appears.)

In recent years, instead of typing The End when finishing a manuscript, I use The End...or is it The Beginning? I love this change. After all, don't we all want our favorite characters to have more happily-ever-after than is seen on the page?

It's all in the point of view, isn't it? End of a series, or beginning of new opportunities? End of summer and super hot weather, or... Okay, I'm not going to try to predict that. Ouch.

Do you like long series, or prefer a stand-alone novel, or maybe a trilogy? Serendipity will have 7 books, and my McClains of Legend, Tennessee series has 8 plus three bundles. Is less truly more? Or is more waaaay better? I'd love to hear your opinions. Here's a graphic with all the covers of my Serendipity, Indiana series...


Magdalena Scott is a USA Today Bestselling Author, and writes sweet romance and women's fiction with just enough spice, but the lid's still on the jar. Visit her website: http://www.magdalenascott.com/

10 comments:

  1. Make mine long series, all the way!

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    1. Hi, Jean. Thanks for your vote! Is there such a thing as too many books in a series for you?

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  2. I love a long series, but I also love stand-alone novels. And to answer your question to Jean, there's never too many books in a well-written series. Guess that shows I'm an avid reader.

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    1. Hi, Josie. Thanks for your vote! Yes, I'd say it shows you're an avid reader, and also that you've found writers who have created wonderful worlds. :)

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  3. I think trilogies are my favorite length for a series, but I wouldn't hesitate to read a longer series.

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    1. Hi, Merrillee. Trilogies are fun. Before my trip to Ireland last fall, I read one of Nora Roberts's Irish trilogies. ;)

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  4. I like long series, short series, and stand-alone. I'm a reader to my marrow, so I'll take whatever I can get. :) Loved your post, Magdalena!

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    1. Hi, Donna. Right, there's nothing like getting lost in a great book!

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  5. If I've fallen in love with the characters and setting, I don't want a series to ever end - so long is awesome! I also like short series and stand-alone books, too. Great post, Magdalena!

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    1. Hi, Shanna. Thanks for your input. I have felt that way about some long series, too.

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