A guest post from Barry Napier...
I asked myself this question roughly one hundred times as I was about halfway through the first draft of Everything Theory: Cold Compass. Honestly, the first answer that came to mind was the fact that I simply wanted to put myself into an overly ambitious project and see it through. The second (and honestly most important) answer was this: because the characters of the story were demanding it.
At first, I had never intended Everything Theory to become a series. It was going to be a nice little one-off story with the potential for other books that tied into the same universe with the same characters. I certainly had no intentions of the books taking up about 90% of my writing time. But as I made my way through the first book of the series, Cold Compass, I realized that these characters—primarily Gabe, the central character—had a lot more going on than could be covered in one book.
I assumed I could probably get three books out of Gabe, his back story, his father’s sordid history, and the shadow organization that connects it all: CSAR. I made a few plot maps and was ready to tackle a trilogy. Then I ended up introducing the villain of Cold Compass, a mysterious figure named Garrison Sleet. And as I delved more into who/what he might be, it started to appear as if a trilogy might not cover the entire story, either.
So as it stands, I have a 5-book series on my hands. It is all mapped out and fits rather well (although it appears that Book 4 might be pretty lengthy). Book 1 has been released, and Book 2 is a few editing sessions away from being wrapped up. I am currently taking a slight break from the Everything Theory books to give myself a break (or maybe it’s the characters that needed a break) from the twists, turns, and conspiracies.
So…why write a series? Because sometimes the writer is just the conduit; it’s the characters within the story that are really producing the words.
To learn more about Barry, his Everything Theory books and other works, visit him at his online home: www.barrynapierwriting.wordpress.com.