Blog Tour: Fear and The Second Book in a Trilogy

For the next stop on the Possession Launch Blog Tour, I stopped in with the wonderful ladies of Pen & Muse, who were kind enough to let me talk about the particular challenges and fears involved in writing the second book in a trilogy. It’s funny how they all came rushing back the moment I faced publishing one. 😉 So why don’t you wander over and check it out?

http://penandmuse.com/fear-second-j-elizabeth-hill/

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About Julie

I'm a writer and photographer. I always have something with me to take notes for ideas or writing projects I'm thinking about or have on the go. I also like to go around with my camera and take pictures of anything that strikes me as beautiful or evocative. I'm perpetually working on one story or another, while waiting for enough distance to judge the last one (or more). I'm always working on several projects at once, developing the next book, even as I'm editing the last. Beyond that, there's always plenty of scraps and twists of ideas rolling around in my head, eventually turning themselves into full blown stories.
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4 Responses to Blog Tour: Fear and The Second Book in a Trilogy

  1. The article arrived at the perfect time. I am also WIP-ing my second of three and have always felt the same about story two feeling like a link or a filler. Even as I write, mine feels this way. Having read some quadrilogies, the feeling is lessened, but to stretch a three into a four?? Not the ideal solution, I feel. I think that what you said, to make each story practically stand alone, is certainly one way around the problem. But as my second ends on a cliffhanger, I’m unable to work that way. 😦

    • Julie says:

      I don’t think stretching the story to 4 books would solve the problem. There has to be some problem, some story arc to book 2, which can be at least partially resolved at the end. Believe me, mine don’t fully stand alone. It’s the resolution to a story arc, even if it’s not the big one, that can keep it from feeling like filler.

      • I will have to keep working on that. My first book has my two main characters in very specific roles (angel / human) but for the second, I switch them around. He he. Then in third, they get kind of switched again, but with cherries on top. Or should that be black olives – it IS fairly dark. Anyway the BiiG story arc from book one continues through two and three with smaller ones wriggling around it, so I hope the result is pleasing.

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