Award-winning author Donnell Ann Bell leaves the international thrillers to world travelers, preferring to concentrate on "suspense to close to home"--books that could take place in her own neck of the woods. All of her books have been e-book bestsellers. Her fourth release, Buried Agendas, is due out in the fall of 2014. Donnell is also one of the authors featured in Bake, Love, Write: 105 Authors Share Dessert Recipes and Advice on Love and Writing. Learn more about Donnell and her books at her website.
All right, a very bad pun, but I’m coming down from a deadline, and it’s Friday. On Friday, we talk about anything on Lois’s blog, so I thought we might discuss how people feel about Series vs. Single Title. I’m curious because I just completed my fourth single-title for Bell Bridge Books, and, as I do every time I finish one, I lament saying goodbye to my characters. I’m actually jealous of authors who get to commune with their characters longer.
Recently, though, I had a nice review that stated I’m glad this is a single title instead of a series. For obvious reasons I liked the review. However, I am also working on book one of a series. Quite frankly, I’m nervous. I admit to writing single title because the characters called to me and wanted me to tell “their” story. Single title gives me the freedom to research different topics, go different places, and spend time with different characters. I never get bored writing single title.
However, I’ve received some reviews that say readers want to see more of these characters from my single title books. What’s a writer to do? I admit that I get so lonely for these characters after they’re gone, that I want to continue their saga. And I do have some planned.
I talked to a friend about series vs. single title and asked her opinion. She said both. “Series allows me to reconnect with characters I know I love and continue on with their story. However, I think some authors continue it too far, going into book 21 when they should have stopped at something like book 8.”
About single title, she said, “If you get hold of a good single title, it’s a lot like Christmas. You open the package, and you’re not sure what you’re going to get. You may be happy with it, or you may want to take it back. But nothing makes me happier than reading an outstanding single title.”
She makes valid points, don’t you think? I love both series and single title. I’m hoping there’s room enough in this world for both. In the meantime, Buried Agendas is off to copyediting, and I’m still missing these characters. I hope that’s a good sign, and, if you like romantic suspense, I hope you’ll stay tuned. The log line for Buried Agendas is, “A devastating secret drove her from the man she loved. Will a secret equally as deadly lead her back to him?”
So, what about you? Are you series all the way? Or do you like single title?
A woman betrayed and a child stolen, bound by the invisible ties of blood.
When Oklahoma City resident, Irene Turner learns the incomprehensible, that the stillborn baby she delivered 28-years earlier is alive, she takes the evidence to where her daughter now lives—Denver Colorado. Detective Nate Paxton can’t believe what Irene’s evidence shows him. Kinsey Masters, a world-class athlete, raised by a prominent Denver family, an unattainable woman he’s known and loved for years, was stolen at birth.
Irene Turner, Nate Paxton, and Kinsey Masters are united in a sordid conspiracy. But, it’s who the conspirators turn out to be that will leave the trio shaken and in disbelief. Irene’s foundation of trust will be ripped from its core, as kidnapping, murder, and a thirst for revenge lead her to learn she’s been betrayed.