Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?

I think this question must be aimed at a writer who writes stand-alones. As a reader, I’ve loved many stand-alone novels. I read authors such as Gillian Flynn and Sophie Kinsella, drawn to their style. But my main craving is to find series I love, the longer the better. I like to get to know characters and stay with them, learn about a world and go deeper into it. Of course, the question asks if I want connections between each book I write.

I’ve written one fantasy series and started a sci fi series. I never conceive stories that will culminate in a single book. Therefore, I don’t consider myself a literary author. I do strive for high quality in my writing, but have no problem with writing only genre or popular fiction. I wonder if I’ll ever conceive a book that stands on its own, fantasy or other. I wonder if it’s okay that I don’t.

So far, what I most want to read is what I want to write. Maybe it’s because I want to bring to others an enjoyment that’s known to me. It’s possible that what makes it pleasurable for me to read is what makes it pleasurable to write. Once the worlds are built and peopled, the fun of building scenes and scenarios only builds.


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