I’m thrilled to have the illustrious, multi-talented J.A. Belfield on my blog! I love the Holloway Pack series, so I jumped at the opportunity to be part of the Caged blog tour. In Caged, Belfield does something interesting. She takes her long running series and changed POV. It’s a risk, and one that most definitely paid off. I asked her to share her thoughts on this.
Here they are:
Switching POV in a series isn’t really that different to switching when you write a new novel unrelated to any others. I mean, you have to figure out who your character is, all the same. Get to know them. Work out their whims and wants and traits, and what will make them tick or cry.
Except switching POV in a series comes with one major bonus—as well as one important drawback.
The bonus is this: if your character has already appeared in previous books as a lesser personality, then you’ve already got to know him a little bit. You’ve seen his personality. You understand how he might, from an outsider’s perspective, react to certain situations. You’ve witnessed the building of his relationship with those around him, and with whom he prefers to interact.
It’s a win, right? You already know this dude on the outside, which should give you a pretty decent basis from which to build.
However, as much as this is an advantage, it can also be a disadvantage, if not treated with the utmost care.
Because if a certain character behaves in a certain way in earlier books, or has a relationship with a certain someone, drives a certain car, has a certain hobby, prefers a certain food … yep, you’ve got it. You can’t deviate from that. Not if you want it to be consistent and, thus, believable. And certainly not without a major catalyst of some kind.
So, the trick is, if you’re planning to write a series, especially if you’re planning to switch up the main character for different books, think ahead. Ask yourself: Would they do this? Is this them? Is this who I want them to become? In essence, don’t treat these side characters as insubstantial. Because you never know just how it might affect your story—or their story—later down the line.
P.S. I always find giving the main character for the next book a greater role in the preceding book helps me to understand them better, too, as well as gives me the chance to weave in traits that might have been previously hidden. That way, those little details won’t seem so out of the blue, and each book will then transition more smoothly from one character to the next. It’s an introduction, of sorts—for yourself as a writer, and for your readers. You should all try it—it’s fun. 🙂
About Caged: If the meek can become deadly, the strongest can be weak.
For Ethan Holloway, his mission to find a missing werewolf should be simple. Crack a few heads, bust a few chops and the solution always reveals itself. Always.
Not this time.
Ethan’s reputation precedes him, and because it does, someone is ready. Waiting. Unbeknownst to Ethan, he’s about to go down. Hard. Against a foe he never suspected and in a world he never imagined could be real.
What awaits Ethan is a fight not only for his reputation, but also his pack, his female, and his life. If he survives, damage control will become priority number one.
If he survives.
Because even Ethan’s not sure he’s strong enough to take on an entire race all by himself.
Especially one hell bent on exposing who and what he is in the name of sport.
Read an excerpt here.
To learn more about J.A. Belfied, visit her online at http://www.jabelfield.com