Writing New Series Vs. Sequels – A guest blog by Gail Z. Martin

HawthornMoon1Readers ask, “What do you like better, starting a new series or writing another book in an existing series?”
That’s like asking, “What do you like more, going to visit old friends or taking a trip somewhere you’ve never been before?”
I like both, but of course, they’re very different. Writing a new series is exciting, because it’s very much a trip to uncharted territory. Whether the setting is somewhere in the real world, or in a place I’ve made up, there’s so much to learn before I feel like a ‘native’. I need to get immersed in the history, landmarks, geography, and magic system, as well as getting to know the main and secondary characters. Until I really understand the characters, they won’t feel real to the reader.
TangledWeb_500Then again, writing a sequel in an existing series is like going to visit old friends, or coming home. I already know the people and the territory. I can slip into it like a comfortable pair of sweats and write with confidence, because I know where I’m going, and the characters whisper in my ear in familiar voices.
Building a new series requires a lot of research, delving into history, geography and folklore/mythology to build the world. Or if the series is set in the real world, getting my details right so people who actually live in that location won’t call me out! I’ve got to think through the characters, their personalities and motivations, their hopes and fears and insecurities, so that they come alive for the reader.
This summer, I’ll have sequels out in both the Darkhurst series and in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures. And we’ve just recently brought out Tangled Web, the third book in the Deadly Curiosities series, as well as Deep Trouble, the third Mark Wojcik Monster Hunter novella (co-written with Larry N. Martin).
FC (Vengeance)Vengeance is the second Darkhurst book, a sequel to Scourge. When undertaker brothers Corran and Rigan Valmonde became outlaw monster hunters and fled beyond the walls of Ravenwood, they thought they had defeated the source of the abominations that killed so many of their friends and loved ones. But the more successful they become at destroying the creatures, the more they realize a greater evil is at work – larger and more monstrous than they ever could imagine…
Darkhurst is a sprawling, complicated world and the plot has a lot of moving parts. What seemed like a fairly straight-forward problem in Scourge turns out to be much bigger and more dangerous now that Corran, Rigan and their friends understand the true scope. I had a lot of fun with the storyline, although it’s definitely one of my darker reads, and I think the big battle is one of my favorites that I’ve written.
DarkRoadThe Dark Road is the second book in the Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, a prequel series to the Chronicles of the Necromancer. It takes us through Jonmarc’s years as a mercenary, the massive betrayal that makes him a wanted man with a royal death warrant on his head, and his years as a Nargi fight slave, and later as a bodyguard and smuggler. By the end of the book, we’re about five years out from when Jonmarc meets Tris Drayke in The Summoner. I plan to write more about his smuggling years at some point to bring Jonmarc’s story up to right before he meets Tris and the others in Ghorbal. (Both The Shadowed Path and The Dark Road are collections of previously published short stories and novellas that make up two serialized novels. This is the first time the stories have been collected and available in print as well as ebook.)
Tangled Web is the third book in the Deadly Curiosities series, set in Charleston, South Carolina. It’s so much fun to be back with Cassidy, Teag and Sorren—as well as their awesome friends and allies—battling big evil in the Holy City! Then in Deep Trouble, Mark Wojcik tackles vengeful spirits, the pissed off ghost of Revolutionary War general ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne, the Pig People of Radio Tower Hill and a hungry dragon lurking in the ruins of an abandoned amusement park. It’s snarky, sarcastic comedic horror!
On the new stuff….I’m working on Sons of Darkness, a brand new dark urban fantasy set in Pittsburgh, PA. I lived in Pittsburgh for ten years, and it’s a perfect city for a demon-hunting ex-priest and a former Special Ops soldier to team up against the forces of evil! Assassin’s Honor, the first in the new Assassin’s of Landria series, is a buddy flick epic fantasy, sort of like if Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid were medieval assassins. Expect it to be a little lighter and not as sprawling in scope as my other epics, more of a high adventure. Look for those new books this fall.
Stay tuned—there are a lot more new adventures coming up!
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Gail Martin, Dreamspinner Communications

About the Author

The Hawthorn Moon is the annual summer blog tour for Gail Z. Martin, and features guest blog posts, giveaways, surprises, excerpts and more on a number of blogs worldwide. Find the master list of posts and goodies at www.GailZMartin.com
Gail Z. Martin writes epic fantasy, urban fantasy and steampunk for Solaris Books, Orbit Books, and Falstaff Books. Series include Darkhurst, the Chronicles Of The Necromancer, the Fallen Kings Cycle, the Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, and Deadly Curiosities. The Mark Wojcik Monster Hunter series and Iron & Blood in the Jake Desmet Steampunk series are co-authored with Larry N. Martin, along with the related Storm and Fury Adventures. She also writes urban fantasy MM paranormal romance as Morgan Brice, including the Witchbane and Badlands series.
Vengeance: A Darkhurst novel, is the second in a new epic fantasy series. Her Deadly Curiosities urban fantasy series set in Charleston, SC has a new novel, Tangled Web, and a new collection, Trifles and Folly 2. The Mark Wojcik Monster Hunter series includes Spells, Salt, and Steel, Open Season and Deep Trouble in a new comedic horror/urban fantasy series (Falstaff) and the Iron & Blood universe has the  Storm and Fury Adventures collection of short stories, and an upcoming new novel, Spark of Destiny.
Gail is also the author of Scourge: A Novel of Darkhurst, Ice Forged, Reign of Ash, War of Shadows and Shadow and Flame in The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga, The Chronicles of The Necromancer series (The Summoner, The Blood King, Dark Haven, Dark Lady’s Chosen); The Fallen Kings Cycle (The Sworn, The Dread) and the urban fantasy novels Deadly Curiosities and Vendetta. Gail writes three ebook series: The Jonmarc Vahanian Adventures, The Deadly Curiosities Adventures and The Blaine McFadden Adventures.
Her work has appeared in over 35 US/UK anthologies. Newest anthologies include: Clockwork Universe: Steampunk vs. Aliens, Gaslight and Grimm, Hath No Fury, Journeys, #We Are Not This, The Baker Street Irregulars, In a Cat’s Eye, and Afterpunk: Steampowered Tales of the Afterlife.
Find her at www.GailZMartin.com, on Twitter @GailZMartin, on Facebook.com/WinterKingdoms, at DisquietingVisions.com blog and on Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/GailZMartin. She is also the organizer of the #HoldOnToTheLight campaign www.HoldOnToTheLight.com
Gail Z. Martin
Proud Member: SFWA, Broad Universe
New in 2018
Vengeance: A Novel of Darkhurst
Trifles and Folly2: A Deadly Curiosities Collection
Tangled Web: A Deadly Curiosities novel
Storm & Fury: The Collected Stories
Salvage Rat (new space adventure by Larry N. Martin)
Assassin’s Honor: Book One in the Assassins of Landria
Plus all-new novellas in the Spells, Salt & Steel universe and several new series!

About Jacey Bedford

Jacey Bedford maintains this blog. She is a writer of science fiction and fantasy (www.jaceybedford.co.uk), the secretary of Milford SF Writers (www.milfordSF.co.uk), a singer (www.artisan-harmony.com) and a music agent booking UK tours and concerts for folk performers (www.jacey-bedford.com). She's also a Home Office / UK Visas and Immigration department licensed sponsor processing UK work permits (Certificates of Sponsorship).
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1 Response to Writing New Series Vs. Sequels – A guest blog by Gail Z. Martin

  1. sjhigbee says:

    An excellent guest post – thank you so much:).

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