I never set out to write series. That hasn’t stopped me from actually writing them, though. In 2004, I wrote a young adult novel that I insisted was just one novel.
It grew to a 30-book series. All written. (Three books have been published so far, with a fourth due out hopefully sometime in 2013; after that it’s self-publishing or nothing.)
When I wrote my M/M paranormal novel Salad on the Side, I figured it was just a one-off. But my editor loved the characters and asked me for a series arc. There have been four book (three novels and a Christmas novella) published in the Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat series so far, and I’m preparing to start work on the fifth.
And it didn’t stop there. One of the secondary characters in that series seemed like a perfect romance hero in his own right. So I wrote Beta Test, which I posted a bit about earlier, a heterosexual paranormal romance novel. And now that’s a series as well, Men of City Pack, with the publication of the Christmas novella The Alpha’s Bride and the recent acceptance of the second novel Beta Block.
I also have a young adult novel, Fresh Meat, which is due out soon and is potentially the first book in a trilogy, also spun off from Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat, following Tobias Rogan from his change to a werewolf at age 15 through his takeover of the Boston North Pack shortly before his 18th birthday.
And I have a Valentine’s novella, Chance Met, which will tentatively be out in February of this year, which combines the Real Werewolves series with my M/M paranormal novel Lost Soul, featuring a secondary character from each as the heroes. Depending on my editor’s and readers’ response to the story, this may be the introduction to a new series.
I don’t know that I’ll ever completely get away from my werewolves; they’re a lot of fun to write, and every time I think I’ve figured out where their stories end, something else comes to me. I don’t think they want me to stop!
(The Real Werewolves Don’t Eat Meat series and Chance Met are/will be available from MLR Press. The Men of City Pack series is through Passion in Print Press, and Fresh Meat will be available from Featherweight Press under the name Jo Ramsey.)