Some more recent books that I have enjoyed are Emily Rodda’s Three Doors Trilogy. I loved it that if you changed one or more factors in the main story line, a new set of dynamics could unfold
|Trilogies by Tolkein and Rodda|
I had never written a children’s book, let alone a trilogy but I had the story in my head and some ideas of what I would need to do. Here are some of my ideas:
I had to create main characters that would work across three books.
I also had to introduce new characters or magical beings that would develop the story in different directions.
Although the underlying story was about playing the magic game, the game had to remain a challenge with different pitfalls along the way.
There had to be a valid reason for the children to want to play the game for a second and a third time given it is so dangerous.
The vocabulary and puzzles had to be at an appropriate level for age 8+ readers with each book adding a bit more complexity and reading challenge.
Lastly, I had to make it a fun fantasy adventure. A little bit scary and mysterious but good wins out in the end.
Upon reflection, I’m amazed that I have actually finished and had published Book 1 (The Tenth Gateway) and Book 2 (The Spy’s Door) and given my inertia over summer, that my first rough draft of Book 3 is almost complete. I’m keeping the working title secret for now, just in case I change it.