A question I’m often asked is whether I prefer to write a series or standalone stories. I’ve written both, and there is great pleasure in completing a standalone novel, knowing that characters have their happy ever after and the reader isn’t left wondering about dangling threads in the storyline. However, I’ve often found though that readers pick up on minor characters or fall in love with the protagonists and want more, so maybe all standalones have the potential to become serials.
Writing a series presents more opportunity to portray deeper characters and I enjoy the way I can write around a theme. In my Tales from the Edge series, each book is significantly different with minor characters becoming major ones in later books. Principal characters reappear and the theme of burgeoning BDSM relationships is consistent, though set against varied backgrounds.
The second book in the series, Living on The Edge, was actually written before the first but the characters of Olly and Joe needed back stories of their own. Chronologically it made sense for the story of how they met to come first, so book 2 was put on hold while the new book 1, Reaching The Edge, came into being – and with it, characters that have become an integral part of my life for several years. Olly and Joe, the protagonists, are very different. Olly in particular is a character readers either seem to adore or hate. I always had in mind to return to this couple at the end of the series but didn’t know then how many books would be born in between.
My latest release, Driven to The Edge is the seventh, and penultimate book in the series. (There are also three short stories, which can be found on the Pride Publishing website.) Along the way, Joe and Olly’s friends have faced a range of challenging adventures. All of them will get their moment in the final book. But I’m getting ahead of myself…
I never could have imagined how difficult it would be to write the ending to this series. Though books 7 and 8 have standalone central plots, they are inextricably linked. I completely underestimated how emotionally attached to the series I had become and ended up scrapping almost as much as I wrote in book 7 before I was happy with it. There’s heightened emotion in the book too, which didn’t help. Olly and Joe are moving towards a new stage in their lives, both professionally and personally. Their love is as strong as ever but each man has his own vulnerabilities, which are laid bare in this story. Joe has to deal with losing control of the situation when Olly gets caught up in a hostage crisis that isn’t quite what it seems. Olly has to find strength without Joe there to support him. Both men are left exposed. Describing their resulting interactions and how they deal with their feelings was an exploration for me just as it is for them.
I’m still not sure if I’m completely ready to let Joe and Olly go, but the ending of this series will hint at the beginning of another and as a writer I’m excited by the new projects ahead.
Blurb for Driven to the Edge:
Not all limits can be negotiated.
The Edge is reaching a major milestone. After ten years in business together, Doms Joe Dexter and Heath Anders are planning a celebration and new beginnings. But even the best-laid plans can be thrown off course.
When Olly, Joe’s beloved sub, gets caught up in a hostage situation involving Special Forces soldiers, PTSD and blood diamonds, a party is the last thing on Joe’s mind. He hates the lack of control, and the thought of losing Olly takes him close to the edge.
Joe is not the only one reassessing his priorities. Olly needs Joe’s strength more than ever. He feels safe only in Joe’s arms or in his bondage.
Can Joe and Olly find sanctuary in each other or will their latest adventure drive them apart?
Meet L.M. Somerton
Lucinda lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and some not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.
Where to find L.M. Somerton