This used to be the bane of my life as a writer.
However, I think I’ve finally figured out the trick to writing sequels and series. Mostly, though I tend to write trilogies, just three books, and no more.
For me, it’s very difficult to tell a continuous story over a number of books. Each book has to be different enough that I find it interesting, while the characters and the world remain the same (mostly). I’m learning, though.
I have finished my first trilogy (YAY!) The Shadow Wars Trilogy, which consists of The Raven and the Dancing Tiger, The Guardian Hound, and War Among the Crocodiles. It is contemporary fantasy with shape shifters and wildly different magic.
In addition, there is now a third Cassie novel. The Cassie novels are fast-paced urban fantasy. They’re set in an alternative Minneapolis, where psychics are real (and regulated by the government) and the gods are real as well. Poisoned Pearls, Tainted Waters, and Spoiled Harvest. (The fourth and final book in the series, Bloodied Ice, will come out sometime late 2017.)
There is also a second Franklin novel. The Franklin novels are immersive, contemporary fantasy set in rural Kentucky. The Popcorn Thief and The Soul Thief. There will be another book, The Child Thief that will come out either in 2017 or 2018.
I also have many individual novels. I will continue to write one-offs.
All of my works are listed over on Knotted Road Press.