Since connecting books (well in my case) series books has been brought up here on the blog, I'm going to throw out my latest quandry.
The connecting books you are all talking about won't have the problem I'm facing, but I thought all your brillant minds put together might help me make the decision. I'm in the planning stages of a series (15-20) books if all goes well. They will be along the lines of Janet Evanovich's Stephanie Plum series and Sue Grafton's alpahbet series. Over the years thier two characters haven't aged much and being as they are set in the present or what was present at the time of the stories they don't seem to worry to much about a timeline.
But, I'm planning a historical series set in the 1880's and, if all goes well, could go into the 1890's. My goal was to use factual events in the books- ie; train and bank hold ups, assassinations, that sort of thing. Which means, I would have to research and find enough events in chronological order so the books didn't bounce from 1888 back to 1884. My best guessimate is to have three books fit one year. So three consecutive books would come out written in the year 1885 and so on. My problem with this is by the time I get to 1889-90 my characters will have had to have aged ten years and that's a long time for the heroine to keep the hero interested and not marry him.
Or do you believe a reader could extend the belief and if written right they wouldn't mind the notion if after ten years of cat and mouse the couple finally marry? Or do readers even think about the time frame if the stories have taken them on a journey? My plan is to have a HEA for secondary characters in every book, but the two main characters relationship will be stretched out until she finally gives in.
I'm interested in all your takes on this.
BTW- the picture is of my newest grand'kids'!