Thanks, Eric, for hosting a leg of the DIES IRAE blog tour. Eric asked me to talk a little about the process of a series—the pros and cons, ins and outs, that sort of thing. My initial reaction to his request was laughter. Why? Because the series never started out as such. Not even close.
The world of Celestium and my angels started off as a stand-alone book called LACRIMOSA. When my beta readers read it, they all told me it should be a series. But I queried it as a single title, still not convinced it was worthy of a series. In truth, I wasn’t convinced I was ready to commit to a series. See, writing a series are hard. Oftentimes the storyline deteriorates into the world of the cliché. And this is NOT something I wanted to happen to LACRIMOSA or that world. So when my friends suggested a series, I really did ignore them.
Until I sold it.
As a four book series.
Looks like I needed to get comfortable with writing a series—and quick!
Where did I start? By figuring out the things I was most worried about with a series. After brainstorming, talking with some of my friends, and talking with my loyal teen group, I identified the following areas of concern with writing a series:
- · Many series have a strong first book, and weaker, cliché, or repetitive follow up books
- · Retelling backstory—over and over and over
- · “Forcing” the storyline beyond what it really is
Then I thought about other options, like companion stories. But, I had a couple of concerns there as well:
- · Lack of story continuity (and the feedback from readers that this isn’t always a good thing)
- · Switching POVs to a new character or characters
- · Lack of linear storytelling
While neither of these lists are fatal in my opinion, but there are things I wanted to be aware of as I plotting and planned my series.
So, what did I come up with? Here are the basics (without giving away my plots, of course):
- · A full storyline that steers clear of the cliché
- · Crafting each story to stand-alone to some degree, without retelling backstory over and over
- · Using novellas and novelettes to bridge between the stories and introduce alternative POVs without losing the continuity of the series.
Man, this is tough. Beyond tough, actually. But I can honestly say I have enjoyed the process; enjoyed stretching myself as an artist.
Will I be successful? No idea. I guess all of you, my readers, will be the final judge. I can only hope you do!
About Christine Fonseca
School psychologist by day, critically acclaimed YA and nonfiction author by night, Christine Fonseca believes that writing is a great way to explore humanity. Her debut YA Gothic series, The Requiem Series, including DIES IRAE and LACRIMOSA, examines the role of redemption, sacrifice and love. When she’s not writing or spending time with her family, she can be sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. Catch her daily thoughts about writing and life on her blog.
Some sacrifices should never be made—even for love.
Mikayel lives by one rule—obey the orders of the angelic Council at all costs. But when he and his friends, Azza and Demi, are sent to Earth as teenagers, following the rules is more difficult than they expected.
Being human isn’t the only problem facing the three angels. Unbeknownst to the Council, demonic activity is on the rise, threatening to break a tenuous peace that has existed for a millennia.
Caught in a struggle for power with unseen demonic forces, and fighting against his rising emotional, Mikayel must now decide how many rules he is willing to break to save his friends, a decision that could reignite an ancient war and will threaten the only thing that matters to the angels, the survival of humanity.
“Dies Irae is the perfect introduction to Christine Fonseca’s Requiem series. The beauty of the words will tempt you, the tragedy of the story will break you, and the love, woven throughout like music through the trees, will haunt you for days afterward. Dies Irae promises a tale unlike any you’ve read before.”
~Ali Cross, Author of BECOME
Publisher: COMPASS PRESS
Format: Digital format only - from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other retailers. Links not available at present.
As if casting out demons isn’t hard enough, five-hundred-year-old Nesy has to masquerade as a teenage girl to do it. Nesy is the best of the warrior angels called Sentinals. She never makes mistakes, never hesitates, never gets emotionally involved. Until she meets Aydan.
He is evil incarnate; a fallen angel that feeds off the souls of others. Everything Nesy is supposed to hate. But she can’t, because he’s also the love of her former life as a human girl—a life that ended too soon, tying her to emotions she was never supposed to feel.
Now Nesy must choose between doing her duty—damning Aydan to the fiery depths of hell—or saving him, and condemning herself.
“LACRIMOSA reaches out, grabs readers by the heart, and takes them on an emotional journey from the first page to the last. The last novel you’ll need to read to understand true sacrifice.”
~Elana Johnson, Author of POSSESSION
Publisher: COMPASS PRESS
ISBN: 0984786368 (ISBN 13: 9780984786367)
Hardback and Digital formats from Amazon, Barnes and Noble and fine retailers. Links not currently available.
Additional Titles in the series include LIBERA ME (Nov 2012) and REQUIEM (March 2013). The book trailer can be seen by linking to YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AwTQoOFKEZg
For more information about Christine Fonseca or the series, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.com or her blog http://christinefonseca.blogspot.com.