Monday, August 8, 2016


IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE THAT I WELCOME ANE MULLIGAN AS MY GUEST BLOGGER. Ms. Mulligan is a successful playwright, columnist, and author of seven books. Please give her a warm welcome and leave her a comment. She would love to hear from you.

While a floppy straw hat is her favorite item, novelist Ane Mulligan has worn many including pro-family lobbyist, drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. Ane writes her Southern-fried fiction in Sugar Hill, GA, where she resides with her artist husband, chef son, and a dog of Biblical proportion. 
Writing a series with ongoing characters takes planning and research. It also takes keeping lists, especially when you have an ensemble cast of characters, which makes the town a character.

There are four books in my Chapel Springs series. I have more than 135 people within the four books. Who owns what shop? How did I spell that name? How old was she? And then there are the two battling bookstore owners. Who owns which store? Who was on the town council and when did they hold elections?

With the first book, Chapel Springs Revival, not only did I do character interviews sheets with most of them, I also made lists, alphabetized by first name, another by last name, and a third by their job.

Then there is who's on first … I mean who is the main character that has a character arc? James Scott Bell teaches that the POV character doesn't necessarily have to make a change … as long as someone does. Think of Casablanca. Rick didn't change, but the policeman did.

In the first book, my main character, Claire, makes a change. In the second book she changes more. But in the third book, it's another POV character, Carin, that makes a change, and another in the last book. Claire might grow in her faith, but she doesn't have a large character arc after book II. That would be boring.

My series was unusual in that one character, Claire, has a POV throughout all 4 books. However, she is the heart of the town, and my fan base told me she had to have a POV in each book. They were right!

Not all series books have one character who goes through all the books. Most have something else that links the books. I don't think there are any rules to what must go in a series, but something needs to bind them, whether a character, a place, or a theme.

So, do you write series books? If so, what type are they?

A homeless author, a theatre ghost, and a heartbroken daughter ~ there’s trouble in Chapel Springs
There’s always someone new in Chapel Springs, either coming home or stirring up trouble. Bestselling author Carin Jardine’s latest book is a flop. Homeless and broke, she and her little boy have no choice but to retreat to the house she inherited from her nana in Chapel Springs—the house that’s been gutted. Then, a stranger knocks on her door. One that will change the course of her life. With one of her daughters in love with the wrong boy, a theatre rumored to be haunted, and Howie Newlander and Mayor Riley go head-to-head in a hot election, Claire gets caught in the middle.

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  1. Thanks for letting me share with your readers, Karen.

    1. I am thrilled and honored to have you on my blog.Therefore, my thanks to you.