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Well, obviously I haven't kept up with the blogging circle as well as I should have been. But, whatever. I'll be that casual asshat that pops in every now and then and then you forget about otherwise. Yup. That's me. But with a topic like SUDS, I had to come back and do this one.

I started writing Sky of Dust [now Sky of Light] back in 2007. At that point, I thought it was just going to be one book full of fluffy romance and all the fun stuff that was floating around in my head. Turns out, it's so much more than that. Now, it is the biggest project I have ever taken on. Ever. Even outside of fiction, but definitely within it. What started out, almost five years ago now, as a single book, has now grown to a non-linear series of fifteen books with plot, a ton of companion stuff that is connected and important, but not necessarily a book itself [but maybe? that's also a possibility], and two CDs [yes, like, audio albums] to go along with the already large amount of books.

Pretty much, I am insane. But I love it. A lot.

My personal SUDS [which I like a lot better than non-linear series, which is what I'd been using] is called Lazy Tequila Afternoons and the thing that ties all of the books together is the characters. And with some of them, also the settings, but I have four different main settings for the books: Europe [just outside of Paris, and London]; Boston, Massachusetts; Raymond, Mississippi; and Orlando, Florida and there are at least three books set in each of the areas, [4 in Europe, 3 in Boston, 3 in Raymond, 5 in Orlando], but eventually, all of the characters end up connected in one way or another. Either through cameo walk-on roles during parties that they stumble upon, or by marriage, or by drunken bar hopping... Among other things. There is one point in all of their lives that they are at the very least aware of every single other main character in every one of the books. It's actually kind of impressive [and nearly impossible to keep track of!] if I may say so myself.

Even the ages are different. There's a split of two separate age groups: the mid-20's group and then the 18-20 group, but because of siblings and sexcapades, they end up intermingling anyway. It's fairly complex but it's so great to figure out how everything works together and which intricate details to lace throughout.

That, actually, is my favorite part about SUDS: getting to be picky about which details to mention again and which pieces of the other stories to bring back in other novels. Yeah.

In short, SUDS are awesome. :D

If you're interested in seeing some of the insanity, just click on the LTA tag on this post. It'll show you some of the stuff. [Some is protected, a lot is just not online.]


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Feb. 14th, 2012 03:24 am (UTC)
I figured you would post about this topic, Erin. I'm glad Keri coined the SUDS term too. It's so much easier to explain things! And yeah, it's fun to be picky about things in a SUDS series. You get decide what you want to reveal in some novels and what to reveal in other novels.
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