It was then I realized the story I wanted to tell would be better served through a series. My tale was too long and there were too many different aspects to fit in a single book - it fit better into three. I wanted to develop secondary characters and give them time to shine in their own books. I wanted to give my readers time to fall in love with every aspect of the town. I fell in love with them when I was writing, and have to admit, I didn’t want to give them up after just one book. However, after my third book is released in the fall, I will find myself entering the area between stand alone and series.
After the first three books that will focus on McKenna, Danielle, and Paige, my novels will become stand alone books with their own mystery to solve. Where I enter the gray area is that the books will all be set in the same town, with some of my favorite characters making appearances. The books will be written so that anyone can pick up in any order and read. Each book will have the full story without any lead-in to the next novel. I do read some very good series and I also read some very good standalone books. Most of all, I want to reach a conclusion on the story. Eventually, the story needs to end and I need to feel satisfied. I love J.D. Robb’s Death Series and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels, but I want to know how those stories end. I want to know if Stephanie ends up with Ranger or Morelli!
So, the moral of the story - if you have a beginning, middle, and an end to a great story, it doesn’t matter how long it is or how many books it takes to tell it. Just tell your story, your way.