The pros and cons of writing a series – Georgina Troy

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By Georgina Troy

My first contemporary romance series, The Jersey Scene, consisted of four stand-alone novels with different protagonists in each book. Those protagonists played smaller parts in the other books so the reader could discover a bit more about their lives as the series moved on.

I live near two beaches on the island of Jersey, which is where I set my books and decided that my second series would focus on a fictional seaside village called The Boardwalk by the Sea. Book 1, Summer Sundaes came out on 15 July.

I can’t wait to begin writing book 2, Autumn Antics. This book focuses on Bella who runs an antique shop. Book 3, Winter Wimsey is Lexi’s story and the final book in this series, Spring Siren is about Jools.

The pros of writing a series

Having to know the main characters for the whole series before writing book 1: In, The Boardwalk by the Sea series, each book is set during a different season, starting with Summer Sundaes. The books also tell the stories of four female friends who live on or near the boardwalk. I needed to know who they were, what they did for a living, their storyline and how the characters closest to them interlinked with other characters in the series.

Moving on to write the next book it’s like revisiting old friends: Summer Sundaes focuses on Sacha Collins who runs a retro beach café on the boardwalk. On a trip to Rome with her aunt, Sacha is introduced to Alessandro Salvatore, an ex-model and archaeologist. What Sacha doesn’t know is that he is about to come to the boardwalk to oversee the opening of a gelateria on behalf of his father. Sacha’s once thriving business will face competition and that’s not something she’s had to deal with before. Despite their differences, Sacha and Alessandro must find a way to work together when the oldest resident on the boardwalk is dealt a devastating blow and needs their help.

The cons of writing a series

Making sure each story in the series is different enough: I aim to give each main character their own story while moving the series forward in a fun and interesting way that links each of the books together. This is a series but the books can also be read as a stand-alone. If they’re read in order it covers a year on the boardwalk and the reader will discover a larger part of each of the characters’ lives.

Georgina Troy is the pseudonym of author Deborah Carr. Her first book, A Jersey Kiss, was a finalist in the Contemporary Romance Category of the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2016 (RoNAs) and finalist in the Joan Hessayon Award for New Writers 2015. She lives on the island of Jersey with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. Her books are published by Accent Press and Green Shutter Books.

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