I’ve never blogged about this before and only ever really discussed it with my mother. I don’t know quite why that should be, I guess it’s never occurred to me to mention it before. It seems so obvious to me you see that I never thought I was being unusual or unique.
My characters all live in the same universe.
“So what?” I hear you yell.
Well, other books I’ve read don’t seem to make a point of that. Let me explain. At the moment I have one complete 4 part series out called The Lilean Chronicles and the first of a new series called The Sinclair V-Logs. I also have one other stand alone novel finished and in the process of editing. I’m halfway through writing a second Sinclair V-Log and have 2 other stand alone novels planned for the April and July Camp Nano’s.
All of these novels take place within the same universe. You’ll meet characters in one series that you first met in a previous series. For instance, a peripheral character in the last of The Lilean Chronicles series has become the main protagonist in The Sinclair V-Logs. He is also a peripheral character in one of my stand alone novels and the main protagonist in one of my stand alones has a couple of mentions in one of The Sinclair V-Log novels. From book to book, series to series to stand alone, you’ll hear planets mentioned that have been visited before or mentioned before in previous series’ or books.
For me, this gives added cohesion to my books; a sense of familiarity that ties them all together. After all, we actually do live in the same universe, so it makes sense that my characters would too. It makes me smile when reading one of my books and I come across a name I know from a previous book or series, or hear a character talk about this planet or that planet. I think to myself “Oh, I’ve been there in such and such a book.”
When meeting a character that I’ve already met in a previous book, I immediately feel a sense of connection which I feel helps the reader to feel at home in my universe.
I’d be very interested to know your thoughts or observations on this.