What could I possibly mean by that?? I was walking around Barnes and Noble and noticed that there are several authors that have written over 10 books about the same character. I won’t name names, cause I think we all know who this could be. I would just like to know when is enough, enough. Can you really read book 15 about a character and know something new about them? Can this villain or crime be the worst they have ever faced? Do you really think they won’t make it out alive? These are the things that they keep writing on the cover, etc. Does the public really believe that? I think that if you have a series, you should tell the readers right off the bat how many books you will have and stick with it. Some examples: Stephen King had 7 books in the Dark Tower series, long enough. JK Rowling had 7 books for Harry Potter, perfect length. I’ve interviewed and talked with many authors and most say they will keep writing their character as long as they stay fresh. Do you think that the author is the best judge for that? Less is more. That is a very powerful statement and not used enough in writing. If you are an author that has written several books about your character, start thinking of a way to end the series. Expand you writing by starting a new challenge and new adventures for people to read. I think that is why there are only a handful of authors that really stand out to me as “The Best of the Best”, because they have that ability to write different things. This is what is lacking in popular fiction today and especially in Suspense / Thriller / Mystery and Horror.
Not sure where everyone stands on this topic, but I would love to hear some of your thoughts.