Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Guest Post: Linda Hawley

Once again stopping by to visit the blog, please give a warm welcome to author Linda Hawley! If you haven't already, be sure to check out my interview with her!
Linda Hawley has been a storyteller her whole life. The Prophecies Trilogy is her first published works. Many of the plots and subplots came from her own life experiences.
In my guest blog today, I wanted to talk about trilogies, and about writing them as an author.

Sometimes when an author imagines a story (or it’s unfolded to her), it’s easy to see that it cannot be contained in one book.  That’s when the author considers writing a series.  The question is, should the story be told in book after book, without a defined end?  Or should the story be limited to three books—a trilogy. 

It was clear to me early on that my story would need to be more than one book, in order to wrap up all the many pieces I had woven together.  I also liked the idea of a trilogy because the number three is kind of a divine number, and the name of the series is The Prophecies!  So my trilogy was born.

Now came the really big question.  As the author, would I write it as an “open trilogy” or a “closed trilogy.”  An “open trilogy” is when it’s necessary for the reader to start at book one, because a significant amount of background information is given in the first book.  A “closed trilogy” is when each book stands on it’s own, and background information is given individually in each book, so the reader can start at any book in the series, and find conclusions by the end of each book.

I decided to write The Prophecies as an “open trilogy.”  I wanted the three novels to stand together, as a complete story.  I knew that I was taking a risk, because in open trilogies, the author runs the danger that the pace can get too slow and lose the reader.  In Dreams Unleashed, my editor (whom I respect) hacked away at the novel, to ensure the pace didn’t get bogged down. 

To start the pace out strong, I wrote the first chapter of Dreams Unleashed with a exciting sequence.  I also interjected action when the pace started to wane.  In addition to this, I focused on dialog, even in flashback sequences.  I think all these things have preserved the open trilogy concept, without sacrificing the pace of the first novel.  One of the cool things about writing an “open trilogy,” is that books two and three take off like a bullet, because the story does not have to slow down for too much background information.  This is a reward for readers.

I hope that you—the reader—will appreciate how I have fleshed out the characters in Dreams Unleashed, and that you will be hooked enough to want to read the rest of the trilogy.

Thank you for reading my stories,
Linda Hawley
It’s the future year of 2015, where technology governs life.  No one on the globe is free from being tracked through government RFID.  The worldwide underground organization, GOG, is the one group equipped to fight against citizens’ loss of privacy.  Ann Torgeson is a technical writer working for a tidal energy company—living a seemingly normal life in the Pacific Northwest—when her vivid dreams turn real.  Is her training as a paranormal CIA agent when she was nineteen years old now altering the doorway between her subconscious and reality?  When Ann starts to dig into her past, her present begins to unravel, leading the reader through events that twist and turn everything upside down.  Question everything you know is essential in this dystopian trilogy.
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