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/