Today we're thrilled to have Nalini Singh on Heroes and Heartbreakers! Nalini's book, Shards of Hope, releases on June 2 and is the 14th book in her Psy-Changeling series. She has kept readers coming back for more, book after book, and Nalini is here today to talk about the different types of series that are out there for readers to enjoy. Thanks, Nalini!
Before I was a writer of two long-running series, I was a reader of series. And before that, I was a mental fan fiction writer. Back when I hadn’t yet discovered the magic of series and was reading stories that finished with the epilogue or final chapter and that was it, I’d constantly try to imagine what happened next for the characters with whom I’d fallen in love.
Clearly, I have trouble letting go. Thankfully for me, so do many of my favorite writers (in the best way). Today, I thought I’d talk about three different types of series and some favorite reads among them, as well as the challenges and advantages of each type from a writing perspective.
The Stand-Alone Series
First up are what I call the Stand-Alone Series: On TV, I love CSI, and CSI is a stand-alone series. While there are some series-spanning storylines, for the most part, each episode stands alone really well.
In book terms, particularly in the romance genre, a stand-alone series is usually connected by the characters, whether they be members of a family, part of a military brotherhood, or members of a shapeshifter pack. Each main character will eventually get a book, and while previous characters may appear in future books, they tend not to play big roles, and each book is fully complete on its own.