Jackie let me come play today! I'm so excited. *does the snoopy dance*
Hello everyone! My name is Christine d'Abo and my debut novel, The Bond That Ties Us, was just released from Ellora's Cave. *warning promo opportunity* It's an erotic futuristic romance about a woman arrives on a far away Earth colony, only to become sexually overwhelmed by the presence of the colony's alien ambassador. They have to try and fight their desire for each other while trying to defend the colony from an alien invasion. *end promo*
When Jackie invited me to blog on her site today I immediately jumped at the opportunity. It's quite an honor to play here on her blog after having enjoyed her Nightwalker series so much. Which of course got me thinking, what is it about a series that draws a reader in? As a reader, my first reaction is to say the characters. The instant spark between the hero and heroine that leaps off the pages, grabs the reader by the head and yells, "Don't you dare put me down!" Man, I love that. But even more so, I love it when the author takes those characters that I'm drawn to and puts them on a journey. The difference in the journey between a stand alone romance and a series is, for me, the world in which they live.
As a writer, it is very difficult to build a world that is essentially, a secondary character in the book. In my novel, The Bond That Ties Us, I chose to create a planet far away from Earth. I wanted to make it alien, but needed to keep in mind it had to have elements people could relate to. I actually drew out a map of the station so I could keep things straight. I build my world on paper, and now I can continue to reference it. I created a place that I wanted to go and visit, a place I could hang out with the people and get to know them better.
So all of a sudden, my stand alone novel has become a series! The planet, colony and the men, women and aliens who live there had many more stories to tell. The next book which I hope to have out early 2008 is called The Bond That Heals Us, and will continue to explore the planet and push the people who live there to their limits.
Thanks for letting me prattle on here today. And a special thanks to Jackie for sharing her blog space with me. :)
Before I sign off, I'd like to run a contest! Post in the comments what your favourite series is, either books, TV, or movies. The only catch is you have to tell us why you love it! The winner will will an e-copy of The Bond That Ties Us, in whatever format you'd like.
I'll post the winner tonight at 8:00 EST.