As I've mentioned before, I like to incorporate elements that connect my books to one another. The connections are always small threads, but I include them sort of like those "Easter eggs" you discover on DVDs, or a way for me to say hello to readers whether they recognize the message or not.
Just this last weekend as I had some holiday book signings, a store employee came up and asked about a young boy who appears briefly in Spires of Stone.
"Was that the Indian guy from your St. George book?" she asked.
I grinned. Yes, I told her. Yes, he was. His name is Abe. I'm so glad you caught it.
She clapped her hands and then turned to a fellow employee. "I told you it was him!"
I promised in that previous dot-to-dot post that my upcoming (and still untitled) Manti book would connect to Spires, but I was unsure for a long time of what the thread would be. I figured it out a few weeks ago as I was finishing it up. One character from Spires shows up briefly in one scene in a way that makes sense for him to be way down in Manti instead of Salt Lake City.
(I'm realizing that I need to clarify how old he is now, because this book takes place quite a bit later than Spires did.)
It'll be fun to see if readers notice him for who he is.
The other day another connection dawned on me, sort of a duh moment. Generally, I connect a book with the one that was released immediately before it. But this time a second possible connection occurred to me, so I'll be adding it.
This one will jump backward a couple of books, connecting Manti with my first historical temple novel. The thread will be in chapter one.
When this book is released, keep your eyes open for Lizzy from House on the Hill as she shops on Main Street.
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