Since I started writing mystery novels about 7 years ago, the main character in my first book was a young man named Stephen Moorehouse. Since then, every other book I’ve written has been a Stephen Moorehouse mystery.
In order, the Stephen Moorehouse books are, The Butterfly Conspiracy, The Peacock Prophecy, and Menagerie of Broken Dreams.
There are several reasons I do this. First off, I like that character and I enjoy writing about him. It’s easy to start a Stephen Moorehouse mystery because I understand him, his uncle Philip Kahle, and his girlfriend Jeanette. When you first start writing a book, you really don’t know the characters that well. Over time they develop and you get to understand them at a much deeper level. When you write a series, you already know them…what they will say and how they will act. That makes for much less time thinking and a lot more time writing. When I start to write a Stephen Moorehouse novel I can just jump right in!
And from everything I read, publishers and readers like them, also. Publishers like them because people will be inclined to buy more books if they enjoyed the characters in the first book and they know there are more stories featuring them. Readers like them for the same reason. They have spent a lot of time with them, they feel they know them, and they want to see what crazy things will happen to them in the next story.