Thoughts on Writing a Series

by Linore Rose Burkard, @LinoreRBurkard

When I wrote my first YA/Suspense PULSE, I didn’t expect to write a sequel. Today, having finished three volumes in The Pulse Effex Series, I’m grateful for many readers who wanted more and thus spurred me on.

I didn’t plan from the beginning to write a trilogy. But when I stayed in the world of the story, it developed.

A similar thing happened after I wrote my first novel, Before the Season Ends. In this case, it was the world of Regency England I was immersed in. Again, I had no idea of writing a trilogy but that’s what happened.

When Harvest House Publishers asked me if I could write a sequel, I did. When they offered a contract for a third book, suddenly I had ideas for it.

Takeaway: Our brains are capable of producing way more than we expect or give ourselves credit for.

If you’re starting a book and want to write a series, don’t feel that you need to know the end from the beginning. Even though you are the author, you’re not God. You’ll learn and grow on the way, just like the characters in your stories. And those characters, if you’ve developed them into real people, will lead you into the drama and conflict that is necessary to sustain a novel—or three, or however long your series may be.

The key is to keep writing. Explore the lives of your characters until you locate their hot spots and areas of conflict—and make the most of both.

I’m sure there’s much to be said for planning a series before you write book one, but my experience is that it’s not strictly necessary. (Are you a panster and not a plotter? This is good news!)

It may not be a viable option for some novels, but in many cases an author can take a stand-alone novel and expand it into a series. You can find, as I did, that when you keep writing and stay in the world of the story, the saga develops.

To Your Success and God’s Glory!


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Often an author can take a stand-alone novel and expand it into a series. ~ Linore Rose Burkard (Click to Tweet)

Book Three in The Pulse Effex Series, DEFIANCE, now available in ebook and print!

“Ms. Burkard is to be commended for her amazing storytelling – and for portraying how God gives hope in the darkest hour. In Defiance, the riveting story continues with even greater urgency.” ANGELA L. WALSH, Publisher and Editor, Christian Library Journal

Foreign soldiers and fellow Americans gone rogue are just the beginning of what Andrea, Lexie and Sarah face in this third installment of The Pulse Effex Series. Beneath the threat of nuclear strikes and guerrilla armies, the girls long for a free country in which to live—and love. Survival means resistance must give way to defiance. But can ordinary teens and their families withstand powerful forces and keep hope alive?

Linore Rose Burkard
wrote a trilogy of regency romances for the Christian market before there were any regencies for the Christian market. Published with Harvest House, her books opened the genre for the CBA. She also writes YA Suspense/Apocalyptic fiction as L.R. Burkard. Married with five children, Linore home-schools her youngest daughter, teaches workshops for writers, and is a writing conference coordinator. Her latest PULSE EFFEX SERIES, takes readers into a “chilling possible future for America, while affirming the power of faith in the darkest of times.”