The first books I remember reading as a kid was a series of Felicia Cartwright books in my teens. Yes, I’m sure I read books before those, but they are the first ones I remember. My grandmother would buy these for me at Christmas and birthdays, and sometimes I would take a bus ride with her to the book store to pick out the next new one I wanted. Of course back then, you couldn’t just look them up on the web and read a blurb about what was avialable.
I read a lot of series books today, too. Authors like Gena Showalter and her Lords of the Underworld series, and Kelley Armstrong’s Otherworld series. There is comfort in reading a series because you know what to expect; you know the style of the writer and you know the characters.
In the case of The Daughter who isn’t a big fan of reading, when I find an author she likes, I buy every book that author has written. Hence how I had an excuse to buy and read The Hunger Games and Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamer series. (Having a teenage daughter is a bonus…because, of course, I’m buying those books for HER not for me. Right?)
But to write a series?….no way! I don’t know how they do it. Maybe it is because I’m restless by nature. I don’t just have one craft on the go right now, no…I’ve started a quilt, I’m one-fifth of the way through a cross-stiitch, I’m crocheting a scarf, and I’m about to begin to knit my first pair of socks. And when it comes to getting stuff done on the weekend, I’m doing this-that-and-theotherthing all at the same time, and cannot understand why The Hubby can’t multi-task. (Side note: some of us mom’s at volleyball last night were discussing how it is that most men can’t figure out that multi-tasking thing! but maybe that is fuel for another blog.)
That “restless by nature” is also why I find short e-books very appealing. (I did mention I’ve written a novella, right?) Sometimes if I can’t get a book read within a couple of days, I put it down and move on, sadly forgetting about the book and the characters. Series books are like taking a long vacation, while non-series books are like a day at the spa, and novellas are like a long bubble bath or going to get your nails done. Sometimes we don’t have the time or money for the longer stuff, and there is certainly nothing wrong with a “little” pampering. Even a little goes a long way.
Speaking of a little…I really need to go and get my nails done.
Hi Charlotte, your blog looks great. Congrats on the contract! I’m a new author with TWRP–signed my contract right before Thanksgiving. 🙂 I admire your energy and all your many talents. Best to you!
Thank you Jessy, and best of luck to you, too!
Welcome to the world of blogging and a HUGE welcome to the garden of TWRP!! Having your first book published is a massive learning curve, isn’t it? But it looks like you’re doing a fantastic job! Go you!! 🙂
Love the website, and I look forward to seeing you around the web 🙂
Thank you, LaVerne. The learning curve is huge but a wonderful & terrifying experience….like a real cool roller coaster!
Wow, you’ve got a lot on the go! I love to read books in a series. The best part is keeping track of favorite characters but the worst thing is the wait for the next book.
BTW, hello from a fellow Canadian and a fellow Wild Rose Press author. Your website looks great!
So did you actually see my location, or was it the spelling of the word “colour” that gave me away? LOL.
Thank you, Karen, for the kind words.