Tuesday 17 June 2014

Guest Post by Amy Saunders - Author of Drive Bye

I'm delighted to be a part of Amy Saunders Drive Bye Virtual Book Tour and today I'm bringing you a wonderful Guest Post by Amy written for Carole's Book Corner.

Drive Bye
Amy Saunders

The Belinda & Bennett Mysteries, Book 3

Cozy Mystery File Size: 1321 KB Print Length: 174 pages ASIN: B00J47HT0O



Belinda’s recent blunders have come back to bite her – and Bennett – in the monster cupcake. But they’re not the only ones with problems.
A car crash uncovers the body of an unlikely murder victim. But the more they learn about her, the more the answer to her death seems to lie in issues that reach far beyond Portside.
As the truth comes out, and Belinda’s personal life teeters on the breaking point, she takes life by the maraschino cherries, and finds help in very unexpected places.


The 10 Best Things About Writing A Book Series 
Like a lot of readers, I've always enjoyed a good book series. Yet I hesitated at writing one of my own. I said I liked writing stand-alone books because each one is completely different. But once I found the right series idea, all my concerns disappeared. Now that I'm three down in my first series and well into book four, I've realized writing a series is just as exciting as reading one. Here's why.  
1. You have time to explore lots of aspects of the characters. You can only learn so much about your characters in one book. But a series gives you time - as both a writer and reader - to learn about them. 
 2. You get a chance to use ideas that won't work in one book in another book. One of my pet peeves about writing is that you can't cram every idea into a single novel. But with a series, you can simply save ideas for the next book, or one down the line.  
3. You can save personal story lines for later instead of having to pass them over completely. Similar to plot ideas, you have to pass over personal story lines sometimes. Since the personal aspect of story writing is my favorite, it's a relief to get to use most of the personal subplots eventually.  
4. You grow as a writer. Writing a series has pushed my boundaries. I don't want my storylines or characters to grow stale. It takes a lot of thought not to just repeat what you've already done. But I consider 
 it a challenge that makes the process more exciting.


5. You develop a rapport with readers. With a series, you get to grow with your audience, which I'm really enjoying. They're excited to see what happens next, and that in turn makes you excited to write on.  
6. You get to carry out themes across more than one book. This has been one of the most exciting parts for me - and one of the more challenging. Each book in this series does stand by itself on some level, but I've liked getting to develop themes through more than one novel.  
7. You get to watch your characters and story lines mature and grow. My characters and stories are not the same going into book four as they were when I started. I can take Belinda into situations now that wouldn't have made any sense in the first book. I think I love that the most.  
8. You can explore the relationships between characters. I love that I have the chance to deepen certain relationships, and show different sides to relationships as well. Different circumstances bring out new things about people and how they interact. And in a series, you have a chance to fully explore that.  
9. You can delve into more character backstories. In one book, you don't have time to show that much about a character's history. But in a series, new stories mean new reveals, which is exciting.  
10. You see more areas in the setting. I like varying the setting so my characters aren't always in someone's house or at the same hangout spot, but it's not always easy. On the other hand, I've had the chance to show a lot more of my fictional town of Portside this way. So writing a series can be challenging, but I've discovered the rewards outweigh the difficulties. And I'm glad that my passion as a book series reader carried over into my writing life.


About This Author  
Amy Saunders is a mystery lover with a soft spot for humor and romance–and the ocean. She lives in Massachusetts, and loves to bake and watch movies. She’s the author of one mystery series and three standalone mysteries. Learn more about Amy and her books at her website.



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Follow the Tour

June 16 – Queen of All She Reads – Review, Giveaway  
June 17 – Carole’s Book Corner – Guest Post  
June 18 – Kelly P’s Blog – Interview  
June 20 – Cicero’s Children – Interview  
June 21 – readalot blog – Review  
June 23 – Back Porchervations – Review, Interview  
June 24 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review, Giveaway  
June 24 – Victoria’s Pages of Romance – Guest Post  
June 25 – Community Bookstop – Review, Giveaway  
June 26 – Chloe Gets A Clue – Interview  
June 27 – deal sharing aunt – Guest Post, Giveaway
June 28 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review  
June 29 – Omnimystery News – Interview

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