There’s no denying t hat series are hot, hot, hot, in romancelandia right now. Readers can’t get enough, but one writer can only write so much. Ever wonder what could happen if they had a little help from their friends?
Who among us hasn’t wondered what might happen to the descendants of the couples from our favorite books, or what it might have been like for the ancestors that paved the way for the story we already know? Where on earth do those couples go when they sail or ride off into the sunset, and what becomes of their kids? Their kids’ kids? How did the family weather the upcoming war, economic up or down turns, did anybody cross the pond, head out west, return to the land of their ancestors? Reach for the stars?
With one author per series, or two, in the case of collaborations, there is only so much ground one person (or team) can cover. We might be able to throw around a few hours of interesting conversation about what would happen if the offspring of Author A’s most cherished couple married (and had kids) with the offspring of Author B’s superstars, but, until recently, what if is all it has been.
Not anymore. While those of us who have experience with fanfiction, the art of spinning new tales either with canon characters of an established movie, TV, or book franchise, or with new characters in their same world, know where we’re going with this.
A few years back, Kindle had an idea. A groundbreaking, exciting, potentially profitable idea. What if they had a place where authors could write in the worlds of some of their favorite stories, and be paid for it? Does that sound like the best of both worlds? For many authors, and readers, it certainly did. While, unlike fanfiction as we know it, the major players are off limits when it comes to marrying burying, maiming, procreating, and the like, a cousin, a school chum, a couple of generations or ten down the line? Bring it on.
Kindle Worlds did not last, which disappointed those who had come to love it, but all was not lost. Some authors who had participated in certain worlds -and yes, there were romance worlds included- were able to recover their rights, and republish the work, with all mentions of the franchise removed. The stories didn’t have to be lost forever. While I can’t speak to every former Kindle World, we’re going to focus on one readers may know, now, as the Wolfebane Publishing, and its swashbuckling sibling, Pirates of Brittania.
That “connected” bit isn’t only about connecting to the De Wolfe family or two specific bands of pirates, but, oftentimes, to other series written by each individual author. Take a minute to let that sink in; yes, it is possible for descendants or associates of established characters to cross series lines, maybe continents, maybe centuries, and litearally anything is possible.
If you’re anything like me, the first question that comes to mind is, do these two connected worlds ever connect to each other? Well, let’s take a look. Wolfbane is, of course, the brainchild of Kathryn Leveque, the mother of the Warwolfe herself. When it comes to the Pirates, however, we are in the wheelhouse of the prolific Ms. Eliza Knight…annnnd…huh. Kathryn LeVeque, once again. Might there be a few familiar names sprinkled throughout these piratical doings? My money’s on yes, but there is only one way to find out.
So, dear readers, I turn it now over to you. What do you think of connected worlds? Does this idea appeal, or does it turn into mental overload? Which authors do you wish would put out a few feelers for connected stories, and what authors do you hope would answer the call? Do you read either of these series? Found any new authors because of it? Pull up a chair in the comment section and tell us allll about it. There’s room for everybody at this table.