The Challenges and Rewards of Writing a Series by @Author_NikkiMc #ForbiddenTour

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The Challenges and Rewards of Writing a Series

The idea for the Forbidden Things series came to me all at once, so I didn’t have to worry about how to keep the series going, but there are a lot of challenges to writing a series. Probably the biggest challenge is consistency. You have to track everything from a character’s eye color to the details of every subplot to make the events and characters in each book are consistent with everything from the prior book or books. In my case, I used spreadsheets to track a lot of the details so I wouldn’t mess something up from one book to the next.

Another challenge you can run in to with writing a series is that your voice can change as you develop as an author and it is important to keep that as consistent as possible across all of the books in a series. Since I originally wrote all three books in this series back to back it was a little easier, but I’ve had to be careful in the editing process since there was a fair bit of time between the edits of book one and the edits of the other two.

One of my favorite things about writing a series is how deeply you get to know the world and the characters and how thoroughly you can develop those things. The world can become as real as the one you live in and you get to know the major characters almost better than you know your own family. The downside of is that, at least for me, I had a hard time letting go when the series was done. It was almost as if I’d lost some dear friends and I still think about the characters in this series a lot even though I have since moved on to other projects.

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Nikki started writing her first novel at the age of 12 (which is still tucked away in a briefcase in her office). Despite a successful short story publication with Cricket Magazine in 2007, she treated her writing addiction as a hobby until a drop in the economy left her with an abundance of free time to focus on making it her career.

Nikki lives in the magnificent Pacific Northwest tending to her awesome horse, manipulative cats, and a crazy dog. She’s a wine and tea fanatic who loves sitting on the ocean in her kayak surrounded by open water or hanging from a rope in a cave, embraced by darkness and the sound of dripping water. She also enjoys horseback riding, archery, PC gaming, dancing, good anime, etc. She studies Japanese and practices Iaido because she believes we should never stop learning.

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