When I first came up for the idea of a Mystery novel, I was not thinking about creating a series. But as I wrote it, I began to think about it quite a bit. The genre lends itself to the long running series. My programmer sleuth, Joshua Jones has some interesting issues that I only scratched the surface of in that first novel. In later drafts of the book, I clearly dropped hints of a larger story about his background.
In coming up with a series wide story arc, I have decided that there should be six books in the series. How did I come up with that number? I just figured that the story could not reach longer than six books. Not to mention the fact that I don’t see myself writing the same characters for longer than six years without getting bored with them or having exhausted their uniqueness.
Have I mapped out each of the six books yet? Yes and no. I have titles, oddly enough. And I have a big picture outline of the overall story arc. Which is really, really important. But aside from some pretty cool titles, I don’t have plots mapped for each of the four books after Kill Dash Nine. What are the titles, you ask? Here they are:
Null_Pointer, Kill Dash Nine, Return False, Batch Kill, Segfault, and Zero Day