There seems to be some blogosphere chatter surrounding a quote from the Laurell K. Hamilton interview in our April issue. So I’m posting that particular Q&A here. The full interview will be available on our website next week.
Do you work on only one series at a time?
Yes, especially when the Merry series was new. I’d written five Anita books in a row so Anita’s voice was very strong. Merry’s voice was hard to stay in and the Anita voice kept intruding. So I had to be very careful at the beginning. When I was working on Merry I had to not be thinking about Anita and vice versa.
A Lick of Frost is number six. Sometime around book four, the world begins to solidify and it’s not as much work to do the voice of the characters. Book four seems to be the magic number for me. And somewhere between books six and eight, it just gets to work.
One of the things I did before I started Merry was research mystery series, because at that time there were no fantasy series that had gone past five books. A lot of writers seem to get bored with their own series between books five and eight. One of the reasons I didn’t do a straight mystery series is because I thought I’d get bored. That’s why I have fantastic elements; I thought it would keep me interested, and it has.
Stay tuned for more.