Today I’m happy to have Heather Frost on the blog to talk about writing Demons, her second book in the Seers trilogy. Plus, she’s offering an eCopy of Demons to one lucky winner.
Heather was here last year as part of the Seers blog tour to give us a inside look at Kate. You can see the post HERE.
You can also read my review of Seers HERE.
September 11, 2012
Ceder Forts Publishing
Seers Trilogy, Book #2
Kate’s life is far from normal. She can see auras, her boyfriend is immortal, and her powers make her a target. But now that the Demon Lord is hunting her, things are about to go from dangerous to truly deadly. Packed with action, mind-blowing plot twists, and characters you can’t get enough of, this is a fast-paced, heart-pounding read from cover to cover.
On Writing a Sequel (How is it different than the first?)
Writing a sequel is very different from writing the initial novel in a series. The first book is all about that first taste of the story—getting to know the characters, and getting a feel for the world. A sequel has a totally different objective. While the first book is about introduction, the second book is all about plot-furthering. To do that, you take things to the next level. The characters become deeper, the story becomes more convoluted, and the stakes become higher.
I think my favorite part about writing “Demons”, sequel to “Seers”, was the upped intensity. Because readers knew the personalities of the characters and understood the basic rules of my world, they would be more focused on the plot developments, and where the story might go. It was both fun and rewarding to further explore the characters and the world of Guardians, Demons, and Seers. Weaving in subtle hints for the larger twists, and just in general thickening the plot—these were the highlights for me. The most exhilarating part in the actual writing was the climax and following cliffhanger. I’m extremely pleased with how all of that turned out—especially the epilogue.
I think the most challenging aspects of writing the sequel came near the beginning: the summary. You know, those paragraphs that litter the first chapter, reminding the reader who’s who, and why that character is important; it’s hard to find that balance between not enough explanation, and way too much detail. I started writing “Demons” the day after I finished “Seers”, and all I wanted to do was dive back into the story. Re-explaining the concept of Guardians, Demons, and Seers was just burdensome, as was re-outlining the characters, their relationships, and what they’d gone through in the previous book. The other challenging bit was killing a main character. I mean, I knew it was coming; death is necessary in any epic story. And I’ve killed characters before, in my unpublished works, so it wasn’t the first time I’ve cried while typing out a death scene. But it was still hard.
I think that “Demons” definitely succeeds as a sequel. It’s everything the first book was, and then some. There’s more romance, more suspense, and more conflict. The middle book in a trilogy can be hard, because all too often a reader might finish the book, only to feel like nothing really happened; that the characters were only focused on buildup for the next book—that the characters started out in dire circumstances and are still in dire circumstances at the end. I didn’t want that to be “Demons”. I wanted “Demons” to have its own story arc—a well-defined beginning, middle, end—and I feel very satisfied with the final product.
I loved writing “Demons”, and I’m currently in the process of editing “Guardians”, the final book in the Seers Trilogy, and I’m enjoying both the challenges and the rewards that come with a great finale . . .
Thanks for stopping by again, Heather! I totally agree, the 2nd book can make or break a series.
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