And The Story Continues…

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Our hound asked another multi-pronged question for this week: “Do you enjoy reading SERIES fiction? Is there a “magic” number of titles in that series that you find most agreeable? Moreover, do you WRITE series fiction? How many titles do YOU plan in your series?”

I’ll take the questions in the order asked. Yes, I definitely enjoy reading series fiction. When I get invested in characters, I like to know what happens after the story ends. Often, a series will give you a glimpse of the main characters in the subsequent books, as well as their conflicts. 

I don’t believe there’s a magic number of books in a series. I think a series should have at least three, but if you’ve been following my review posts, I’m currently enjoying series that number more than thirty. As long as the quality of the writing is there, and the characters show personal growth, I’ll keep reading. 

Yes, I write series fiction. How many do I plan? I don’t. My Partridge series has six books: The Partridge and the Peartree, Two Tutor Doves, Three French Inns, Four Calling Bards, and Five Gold Rings, as well as a non-holiday book called Love’s Refrain. Five seemed like a good number to stop, especially when considering the fifth verse of the song “Twelve Days of Christmas” has that triumphant melody for “Five Golden Rings.”  Two books I co-wrote with Stephanie Michels about a quilting group were the start of what was planned as a multi-book series called The Stitching Post, but subsequent books weren’t completed, and The Calico Heart and The Friendship Star Quilt are now homeless following the closing of Clean Reads publishing. Another homeless series is my contemporary Christmas series set in fictional Zutphen, Michigan – two books (Christmas Wishes and Christmas Journey) were completed and published, and two more languish in files on my laptop.

There are times when circumstances dictate how many books there should be. I’m currently working on a sequel to The Samurai’s Garden, and my thought was to have a book about each generation of the Tanaka family up to current times. If I follow through with this plan, that will be about five or six books total. After I released Searching for Lady Luck (my historical novella set during the Great Depression), I outlined stories featuring Charlie Brannigan’s sister Katie and brother Connor. Three siblings, three books. And then there’s a cozy mystery series I have on the back burner about a musician working with her community’s theater group. One title involves a soprano, another features an alto, the third a tenor, and then a bass. Four voice categories translates to four books, unless I include the mezzos and other in-betweens, the crew, the pit orchestra, etc. As you can see, I’m going to need to start working hard to complete all these series in my head!

What series have you read lately? Do you have a preferred number of episodes in a series? 


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page:
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8 Responses to And The Story Continues…

  1. Jeff Salter says:

    terrific, fulsome response to those multiple prompts.
    I figured — with your life-long love of music (which has, among other elements, structure and mathematics) — that you’d have a fitting post today. And you DO.
    Like you, I have a couple of series with only two of the several planned several titles completed and published. But more of that on Hound Day.

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  2. It would be very nice to see all of the generations of The Samauri, Patty!


  3. Elaine Cantrell says:

    I like the sound of the Samurai series. I wrote two books of a series and have a third ready to go, but I just haven’t done anything with it.


  4. I look forward to reading more about the Samurai’s family! I truly enjoyed that book.


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