Thursday, April 14, 2011

Author Allie Pleiter talks about her Continuity Series, YUKON WEDDING (GIVEAWAY, too!)

Most of you probably know of Allie Pleiter, multi-published author of both fiction and non-fiction books. Maybe you've even won one of her novels here on my blog. Well, Allie has recently ventured into what is known as the Continuity Mini Series with her Harlequin Love Inspired book, YUKON WEDDING. Below, Allie talks about what this is, exactly, and the pros and cons she's realized along the way. Be sure to watch the YouTube video of Allie and her editor, Krista Stoever, as they are interviewed by The Romantic Times. Too fun!

Leave a comment on this blog post and be automatically entered to win a copy of YUKON WEDDING.

A little about Allie: An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, fourteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing. Visit her website at or her knitting blog at

Continuity series...good or bad?

by Allie Pleiter
YUKON WEDDING is my first venture into the literary phenomenon known as the continuity mini series.  Mostly a beast of category fiction, this is a publisher-initiated series of 3-5 books that run over a specified story arc.  As a writer, you’re essentially hired to write the story. 

“Sure,” I said when asked because really, who says “no” to paying writing jobs?  Plus, I liked the idea of stretching a new literary muscle.

The hardest part of writing for me is coming up with ideas, so this opportunity seemed attractive.  There were advantages and disadvantages, as it turns out.


1)  Writing is a lonely business.  Chances to collaborate with the other authors in the series were a nice new experience (even if it meant hundreds of emails).

2)  It was an interesting exercise to write backwards from a needed outcome.  I learned when I could veer off the synopsis, and when I couldn’t.  Ninja plot-wrangling, to be sure.

3)  As a writer, I benefit from the connection to fans of the two other authors (Linda Ford and Dorothy Clark, in this case), who may not have read my books before, not to mention the promotion of the series in addition to the promotion of my specific book.

Not so much:

1)  Someone else’s ideas are, well, not my ideas.  It’s a bit odd to have non-Allie-created characters bumping around in my head.  Yes, I gave them depth and details and nuances, but would I have written a treasure-hiding Alaskan adventurer on my own? Probably not.  And that’s just odd, not bad.

2)  So YOU try and have three different people write three sequential books while working simultaneously and let me know what that does to your creative stress level.  Hint:  it’s not good.

3)  If you do need to make a change (and you know how those pesky characters are...they have their own idea about what to do), you can’t just go with it.  You must consult your fellow authors, inform them, make sure there aren’t ramifications of your choices in their books. 

Overall, YUKON WEDDING is an amazing story that I’m glad I wrote.  I was invited into a world I might never have otherwise visited and I stretched new creative muscles that have taken my skills up a notch.  And you, dear readers, you get not one great story, but three.  You get a whole ice cream sundae instead of a single scoop.  And that is very good indeed.

Watch the Romantic Times interview of Allie and her editor, Krista Stoever, as they discuss continuity series.

Back cover copy:
A gold-rush town is no place for a single mother. But widow Lana Bristow won’t abandon the only home her son has ever known. She’ll fight to remain in Treasure Creek, Alaska—even if it means wedding Mack Tanner, the man she blames for her husband’s death. Mack sees marriage as his duty, the only way to protect 
his former business partner’s family. Yet what starts as an obligation changes as his spoiled socialite bride proves to 
be a woman of strength and grace. A woman who shows Mack the only treasure he needs is her heart. 

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to WIN a copy of YUKON WEDDING. Winner will be announced next Friday, April 22.

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Allie Pleiter said...

Thanks for having me! I’m on the road today (heading to the Southern Kentucky Book Fest and Writers Conference in Bowling Green KY), but I’ll try to check in as often as I can. If you’re near Bowling Green, come say hi and comment face-to-face at Saturday’s Book Fest at the Knicely Center!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE Allie Pleiter! She has such a fun, quirky, insightful style. I have a hard time keeping her books at my house, though, because I keep giving them away. I just think EVERYONE needs to read an Allie Pleiter book or their life will be incomplete!

For those authors who worked on Struggle Creek (a collaborative novel written by over 20 authors), I'm sure you had some memories bounce in your head about millions - no, GAzillions - of emails and a nightmare of an editing job trying to keep the continuity. It's kinda fun that the literary world is now trying a form of what we pioneers did!

Best wishes to Allie and the other authors! I can't wait to read the series.

Tammy Johnson

Maureen said...

I love the cover on this pretty. Would love to read this book!


Charity said...

Wow! I can't even imagine the work that comes from having three different authors, all with different writing styles:) I read a book recently that was a 3-in-1 and was about 3 generations, all written by three different authors. Talk about different! I really enjoy it though because little quirks from each author shows up. And I have to agree with Tammy:) I am reading Bluegrass Courtship after having finished Mission Of Hope. Talk about great!
Sorry for the long comment but I would love to win this book. Thanks!


Jeanne said...

I am glad I happened upon your blog and got to meet you and Allie. I too am an author, doing the marketing thing but am right now a bit involved in blogging. It is a great hobby for me, although it takes a lot of time. Worth it though! I will be back!

Allie Pleiter said...

Tammy! I wish you could see my ear-to-ear grin right now! Thanks for such heartwarming praise. Love Inspired does have beautiful covers, Maureen. Charity, I hope you enjoy all five Kentucky Corners novels...they were so much fun to write. Jeanne, nice to "meet" you and best wishes for your writing. Thanks to everyone!

Sara Harricharan said...

Wow--I had no idea there was so much that happened when writing a collaborative series--much less a novel. Yikes. It sounds like a wonderful experience--minus the hair-pulling stress moments. :)

A fun interview for sure--glad to meet an author I haven't heard of before. :D

holdenj said...

What a nice interview. Fun to meet someone "new". I always like a northern setting! Thanks!

Rose McCauley said...

Hi Allie and Lynda. thanks for the info on what a continuity series is! It sounds similar to me to the 4 in 1 antholgies Barbour does. I just finished my edits for my book and we had to make sure everything gelled with the other three novellas so they could all end up at the same place. It was fun to do, but it did take lots of emails as Allie said! I'd love to win this book and see how these stories all fit together, too. Thanks! crmcc at setel dot com

Nancye said...

I'd love to be able to go to the Kentucky Book Fest---not too far from where I live in Louisville! Sounds pretty cool! This sounds like an awesome book! I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

karenk said...

a great posting...thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Andrea Strong said...

I've read a couple of yours and like them. But it's been a while. I read the Love Inspired Alaskan Bride Rush continuity series last year. I wondered if they'd do a historical set. (They did one for their After the Storm continuity a year ago).

I was so excited to hear about this book. I'd love to win it.

andeemarie95 at gmail dot com