Sometimes I review people’s comments on my YA fiction trilogy, The Change Series, and agree with them. Sometimes I don’t. Interestingly, when people say that they think the first book in my series started out slow, I can kind of go, “Um, yeah?”
I mean, I get it. We all lead busy lives and want every minute to be filled with as much action as possible…or do we? So when I thought about this a little more, and how readers engage with a new book in a series, I started likening it to a first date.
On a first date, when it first begins, especially if you don’t know the person well or at all, it can be a little awkward. You need to learn about how they like to communicate – whether they are an extreme extrovert, introvert, somewhere in the middle – and you need to get to know them over the course of the date. Of course, you hope that after the first 30 minutes or so you’ll both relax and forget that it is a first date, and that a lot of fun will be had by all.
But – you can’t get to that fun point without going through the introductory motions first.
And I think this is exactly like settling into a new book. I know that I hate committing to a new author or book series, because I have to adjust to a new style, a new method of telling a tale, AND I have to learn about a whole new group of characters.
Yet eventually I’ll forget the initial pain, and the fact that I’m testing out a book by an author new to me, and will start enjoying the book.
At the end of that first date, I’ll decided if I want to commit to a second.
Same with a book.
So, while my some may think the first book in my series starts slow…trust me – an hour later, your heart will be thumping as you already begin anticipating a second date 🙂