Six pointers for writers who are thinking of using the same group of characters in a book series.
Prolific author, David Robinson, shares his expertise.
· You don’t spend hours thinking up your key characters’ names, ages, appearance, etc.
· You have the opportunity to fully develop the characters over several books.
· You can hit them with life-changing matters (e.g. divorce, serious illness, death of a loved one) and test their resolve.
· You have to be sure that every action is in character.
· You need to check that all your vital data is consistent from book to book. Other than in a prequel, you could not, for example, have your heroine aged 45 in Book 1, and 27 in Book 2.
· You are faced with a constant struggle to find new situations, problems and solutions for your characters.
David Robinson has produced several series, but the most popular are the light-hearted whodunits of the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries, published by Crooked Cat Books. Visit the Sanford 3rd Age Club Mysteries website HERE