- Why people don’t seem to re-read books. It’s very difficult for me to imagine only reading a book once. I’ve read most of the novels on my shelves multiple times, and I’m constantly opening them up to read specific sections as inspiration. My dad likes to say you have to be “a student of the game,” so I’m always studying how my favorite authors approach certain scenes.
- Why cliffhanger endings are a no-no for series. It works with TV finales all the time. The idea is to draw in the viewer/reader and make them scramble for more. As a reader, I love these endings because I’m SO excited for the next installment. I understand frustrations about the sometimes lengthy delays between books, but the ability to e-publish is quickly doing away with a lot of those concerns.
- Why people would ever truly believe that series authors stretch out their stories just to make more money. C’mon, we’re all writers here. I just can’t see this being a big motivation. If we’re writing a series, chances are we start out with a vague idea of the ending but not an exact route for how to get there. It doesn’t surprise me at all that what an author originally planned as a trilogy might spill over into 4 or 5 books. I’m also never bothered by it because it means I get to tag along with my favorite characters for longer.
What are some things that baffle you about writing, reading or publishing?