Darynda Jones

Join Grant and Brooke as they revisit their New Year’s Resolutions (Grant is on track with posting to Medium once a week and Brooke did indeed finish her book, but otherwise anything else promised has long since been forgotten). This is a springboard to a conversation about series—because writing series is all about buckling down, big time! Best-selling author Darynda Jones, who’s just finished Book 13 in her popular Charley Davidson series and has a new series underway, is the perfect guest to talk about how to even approach a series, not to mention how rewarding—and challenging—they are to write.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work including a prestigious RITA®, a Golden Heart®, and a Daphne du Maurier, and her books have been translated into 17 languages. As a born storyteller, she grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by. Darynda lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys.

Writing Action: Turn Your Idea into a Series

Take a favorite story or novel that you’ve written—one that you don’t see as a series—and ask yourself two questions:

  • What happened to your main character before your story?
  • What happened to your main character after your story?

Take an hour or so and just jot down some notes … maybe it will inspire you to make one of your novels into a series, or maybe it’s just a revision exercise. Regardless, let this writing action expand your story beyond what you’ve written so far.

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