My latest, THIS SOUL MAGIC, was just issued in digital format on March 1st. I don’t consider it a sequel, but it does tell the story of secondary characters that I featured in THIS WICKED MAGIC, which was a Feb release.
Ah, the joys of writing in a World. I have this huge paranormal realm that exists inside my head and scribbled on notes and stuffed in a binder. It is peopled with vampires, werewolves, faeries, demons, angels, familiars, and other things. All things can exist in my world. I gotta leave it open for any ideas I may get in the future. ;-)
So my stories will often feature a secondary character that either, has already had their own story told, or may have their story told in the future (if I like them enough). That’s what makes it so fun. If I’m writing Hero A and Heroine C’s story, yet Secondary Character G pops in and seems like a fun kind of person, I can make a note of that and later, if I’m lucky, write their story. Or if I have a favorite SC that I don’t ever feel like they need a whole story, but like them a lot, I can pop them in and out of various stories because they exist in my world. And all characters can interact with each other. It’s so fun!
Take for example a warlock I introduced back in The Highwayman, Ian Grim. He’s not exactly redeemable hero material. He practices malefic, dark magic. But I like him. He’s fun to play with on the page. So he has since appeared in Moon Kissed, Seducing The Vampire, This Wicked Magic, and he’ll show up in two more future stories.
I like to think that readers who follow my ‘world’ enjoy seeing common characters pop up every now and then. And for those who may be picking up one of my books for the first time, they don’t need to know a certain character has had previous guest spots in stories, but if they’re compelled to read more, there is always my backlist. ;-)
So as I started, This Soul Magic is now out, and it features Libby Saint-Charles, the sister to Vika (who was the heroine in This Wicked Magic). Libby had a small role in the previous story, and she had a burgeoning love interest. Okay, so it was a one-sided love affair. Reichardt, the soul bringer, has lived two thousand years ferrying souls to Above and Beneath. Always. He’s never had a relationship, doesn’t know what emotion is, and, well…the dude’s a two-thousand-year old virgin.
Libby has such plans for this man. ;-)
So tell me your thoughts on characters popping in an out of more than one story. You like? Confusing? Worlds are great? Or do you prefer one-offs, no continuation of any world, character, or theme?