The year of the sequel

To date, 2015 appears to be the year of the sequel for me. This is a good thing. I’ve never been able to write sequels, or series. And yet, every bit of marketing advice out there says you must. I’m not sure I agree with that — I think it’s more important to write things that you love.

However, last fall, I asked the brilliant Kristine Kathryn Rusch about this. The advice she gave me was priceless: If I want to engage my butterfly brain, each book must be unique. You can’t just write the same story over and over again, or even really continue the story from one book to the next.

Since I started following that advice, I’ve been able to write more series characters. Each book is unique. I actually enjoy the challenge of that, while keeping the characters and their voices true.

So what exactly does that mean? Let me explain.

Warning – lots of pictures under the cut.

Fiction River and Kickstarter and cross promotion and oh my!

Past Crime Past Crime To start on page one, as it were.

Fiction River is an anthology series edited by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith. They funded the first year using a Kickstarter. (The original video is awfully funny and silly.)

Kris and Dean have decided to run their subscription drive for the second year of Fiction River also using a Kickstarter.

WOW. Thank you!

Poisoned Pearls CoverPoisoned Pearls CoverWOW.

Thank you to everyone who’s bought Poisoned Pearls!

I’m not hitting the best seller charts, but I’ve had a lot more sales than I anticipated. It’s kind of awesome.

Makes me think that I’ll be writing the sequel, Tainted Waters, sooner rather than later…

(Yes, I already have a vague idea for the sequel.…