Guest & Contest: Terry Spear

The World of Fae by Terry Spear

What started out as a book, has become a series!

How does that happen?

Sometimes, I write a book with a series in mind. But oftentimes, I write a book of the heart that begs to be written. And usually even when I write more of the “series,” they’re stand-alone titles so that readers don’t have to read them in order.

Why? Because I usually pick up books out of order myself when I’m buying, not realizing this is a series, and I’ll be totally lost if I read them out of order. So I try not to do that with readers.

Another reason I do this is what if the first book of the series doesn’t sell? Then you have a couple of books or more that you’ve written that you can’t sell.

What if it’s published and no one wants to read it? Then having a huge series isn’t going to help, and you’ve written all those books for naught.

So I write a book, love the characters, would love to write more, but I go off on another tangent. Sometimes I’ll return to edit the book, write the beginning of a new book in the series, then continue to write something new.

What happened this time? Fans requested a sequel. Sales dictated a sequel.

A series was born.

So the first book in the series of The World of Fae is The Dark Fae. The characters start out in South Padre Island in south Texas. Then they’re flitting across the fae world. This story introduces the dark fae, also known as the Denkar, and several other fae kingdoms they must encounter—the turtle fae, the dragon fae and others.

In the second book, The Deadly Fae, is set mostly in the historically-drawn fae world, though the hero is cast out of the fae world into the human world, something he’s not happy about at all. This story introduces the cobra fae, and a queen who isn’t quite all fae.

And in the third, The Winged Fae, that I’m currently working on, is set in South Padre Island in the beginning again, and some of the characters from The Dark Fae are instrumental in this story.

In this story, a Mabara royal winged fae is at the center of the mischief.

I’ve already got the picture for the cover for the next in the series that will be about Ritasia, the princess of the Denkar. And another couple of book covers for two more in the series. The problem with writing a series is that I’m working on one book when another character is bugging me to write her story (Princess Ritasia), but she’ll have to wait her turn.

In writing a series, it’s fun coming up with the same world, as in this case, The World of Fae, but also in writing something different. So each story will touch on some of the characters in the other stories, but will introduce new fae societies and their nuances.

Like with my werewolf series from Sourcebooks, werewolves do live among us. At least in the werewolf stories. In the fae stories, the same thing. Not werewolves, of course, but the fae are the reason for so many of our troubles, so they are very real.

So when I wrote Kiss of the Vampire, the YA vampire on a cruise book, I decided to make it the first book in the Blood Moon Series. I haven’t come up with the 2nd book, but I’m thinking. The problem if you don’t set it up as a series right away, it makes it harder for fans to follow. On the other hand, it puts the author on the hot seat. Just when will the next book come out?

I’m still thinking.

And then there’s the trilogy: The Magic of Inherian. I wrote the first two books, The Scepter of Salvation and The Mage of Monrovia and started the third, The Emerald Isle of Mists, but because I didn’t sell the first, I stopped. Now that both are for sale, I need to write the rest of the third book! Which means I need to read both of the first two books so I can remember all that went on in them!

So why write a series? Because I love the characters and some of them need their own books. Because readers love the characters and want to see some of them have their day!


What about you? When you read a book, do you want to read more about the characters?

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Terry Spear is the award-winning author of urban fantasy and medieval historical romantic suspense, Heart of the Wolf named in Publishers Weekly’s BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR, NOR Reader Choice for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE.

She also writes true stories for adult and young adult audiences. She’s a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves and has an MBA from Monmouth University and a Bachelors in Business and Distinguished Military Graduate of West Texas A & M. She also creates award-winning teddy bears, Wilde & Woolly Bears, to include personalized bears designed to commemorate authors’ books. When she’s not writing or making bears, she’s teaching online writing courses in the Heart of Texas.

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