Do you usually finish a book wanting to see a certain character go on in his or her own story? Or maybe you want to go back and delve into their past history? I know I do.
I like it when there’s a network of family and friends that populate a series, allowing me to visit with those same characters again and again. Giving me a chance to see them at a different time or from a different point of view.
As a reader I find this satisfying and intriguing. As a writer, my DH co-author and I have worked to make this an integral part of our Dance ‘n’ Luv series.
Aside from the dance thread that runs through each book, we have a family of three siblings, the Richardsons. Parker Richardson, who played a supportive role to his sister Casey in Book #1 Kiss Me, Dancer, is the hero of Book #2 Touch Me and Tango. Their sister Jenna, who is a secondary character in both books, will have the starring role in upcoming Book #3.
In our short story prequel, Snow Dance, Parker and Casey feature as important secondary characters, Jenna as a minor one, but we shift the time period. The reader gets to spend time with Parker and Casey as teens and experience firsthand the backstory that figures into the full length books. Here we also introduce teenage Tanya Gentilliano, who is the heroine of Book #2.
So, tell me, as a reader, is there a series you keep going back to because you want to see the characters again? And as a writer, do you have certain characters that need to be explored in another book? Do you find your readers asking you to bring’em back for more?
The Best of WG2E Writing-Great-Characters Wishes – Alicia Street