It's funny, because most of the time, I don't intentionally set out to write a trilogy. It's usually something that happens after I've already started to write the story. Yet, I keep finding myself writing novellas and novels in blocks of three. Even when I plan to write a longer series, I end up doing a three-book arc.
What's the allure of the trilogy? Why do I continually find myself doing this? It's not like I'm biased and only enjoy trilogies--in either reading or writing.
Take The Alyce Kerr, Faith Healer Trilogy. When I got the idea to write a story about a faith healer who gets her power from a demonic entity, I started the story and got caught up in Alyce's problems. But by the time I got halfway, I knew the story would be much longer than the one installment. The more I thought about it, the more I realised that Alyce's pesky, demonic problem would span the length of a trilogy, because there were so many other things to consider. Too many things to fit into one novella.
But being a pantser, more than a plotter, adds a bigger challenge to that realisation. All I knew about each installment before starting the actual writing was a one paragraph blurb. Though getting addicted to this world helped a lot. Every time I sat down, more characters entered the scene, other problems and obstacles became clear.
I found that each novella worked both individually and as a whole. I love it when that happens. And it wasn't until I'd almost gotten to the end of Boundless that I realised how easy it would be to write another three stories set in this world. ;)
What about you? Do you like to read trilogies? Do you enjoy writing them?
Boundless: Book 3 of the Alyce Kerr, Faith Healer Trilogy
Ross made a deal with a demonologist in order to save Alyce, and is now at the mercy of the crazy woman and the demon Buer. There is no escape from the basement in which the three are trapped in, and he has to bear the torture.
When Sebastian finds a way to save Ross, Alyce must engage in an ancient, carnal ritual that complicates her life further. But for Ross, she’s willing to put both her heart and soul on the line… even if it means losing him.
Yolanda Sfetsos lives in Sydney, Australia with her husband, daughter, and cat. She loves to spend most of her days writing stories. Her muse doesn't like genre restrictions and is always happy to toe the dark edge of storytelling. When she’s not writing she spends as much time as possible with her small family. She also enjoys watching movies, TV shows and reading.