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If I were cleverer or a more experienced writer, I would have written my novels as a series. Planned them out in such a way that novel one would have naturally led to novel two and so on. Many readers love series because they become invested in the characters and like familiar friends, they wish to enjoy their company again and again picking up from where the last met. And publishers appreciate the ongoing reader interest and revenue that comes with it.

But I wasn’t that clever.

writing-a-seriesUnravelled introduces Edward and Ann Jamieson in 1935, flashes back to Edward’s WWI experiences and Helene, a woman he fell in love with as a young soldier then moves on to WWII.

Lies Told in Silence begins in WWI with Helene and her family – mother Lise, father Henri, grandmother Mariele and a beloved but deceased aunt called Camille. Edward reappears and we see a different side to his story and experiences.

And now I’m writing a novel about Mariele and Camille set in 1870s Paris, a time of incredible turmoil and conflict. Mariele is 19 and Camille 20 as the story begins. Eventually Mariele will have a son named Henri who has a daughter named Helene who meets Edward Jamieson.

Yes, definitely, if I had been smarter I would have written a series in the normal manner.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET was published by Lake Union on August 16, 2016. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.