Have I Written Too Many Books?

Bell Mountain (Bell Mountain, 1)

I’ve written 15 books in my Bell Mountain series so far (two still awaiting publication), and it troubles me a little that some readers have already said “That’s enough!” Like they were being forced to read ’em and couldn’t take anymore. The one that really hurt was the reader who said he loved this series when it first came out but now it was (*sigh!*) boring.

Two dozen Tarzan books. I don’t know how many for the Hardy Boys, Tom Swift, Hercule Poirot, Freddy the Pig, Rick Brant, Nancy Drew, et al, et al. Those series are all a lot longer than mine. Readers must have liked them!

Nevertheless, I did feel it was time for a change. So I turned my fantasy world’s clock back 2,000 years to write about King Ozias. It’s going to be a trilogy, I even have the titles for it: Ozias, Prince in Peril and Ozias, Prince Enthroned and Ozias, King Betrayed.

Point is, everything’s going to be different except for some of the geography (There’s no bell, no cloud, on Bell Mountain yet). Different kind of civilization, different characters–oh, yes, above all, different characters. They’ve all been waiting for their cues to come on stage. Which is very cool, and suggests to me that I’m on the right track.

Of course, it’ll be several years between now and the first reader reactions to the first Ozias book. I pray we’re all still here for that. Meanwhile I’m working as hard as I can.

14 comments on “Have I Written Too Many Books?

  1. Don’t let critics effect you – what does the Holy Spirit say? With a solid group like Chalcedon behind you must pursue your calling. Only what we do for Christ’s passes through the fire of Christ’s judgment seat.

  2. Don’t listen to people who say you write too many books. I’m eagerly awaiting the next two Bell Mountain series books and whatever comes after those. The story ends when you decide it ends. When I read a series I truly enjoy, a part of me always wishes it will keep going on forever. The Bell Mountain series is like that.

    1. Unlike Agatha Christie, who did not enjoy having to keep writing Hercule Poirot, I’m very fond of the characters in Bell Mountain and grateful for their company. Long live Wytt!

  3. You have a good series going. Jumping back in time to King Ozias’ day might prove an interesting path.

  4. I think there were 24 or 25 Tarzan books. I read them all. No, they did not get boring. If your writing is good, you could write 30 or forty books in your series, and your readers would not find them boring.

    I am still waiting for your first two Bell Mountain books to arrive to start reading.

  5. I am sorry to say, I no longer have any of them. And I think I had almost every book Burroughs wrote.

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