Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and learn how to handle them, and pretty soon you have a dozen. — John Steinbeck
People often ask where do writers get their ideas from. Let me give you an idea of my creative process.
Chaos Wolf was originally supposed to be a single story, a one-off idea I came up with while at a convention panel of an author I admire. A werewolf being raised by a vampire, figuring out her place in this new weird world. As I got about two-thirds of the way through, I realized that there were many more stories I could tell about her and the situations she blundered her way into. So I found myself with a series before I had the first book finished.
Then I started writing Lucy Harker, Vampire Hunter. This was going to be a one-off story playing around with the different types of vampires that exist in Western pop culture. Then I realized a short story I had previously written that could be a nice little tie-in. As I finished up the first, messy draft, two new ideas popped into my head based on a throwaway comment I had one character say. They wouldn’t fit into this story but they could easily turn into another book. And I really should start writing a short story about some background information I needed to write down to solidify anyway…
And yes, I now have two series to juggle. Anyone taking bets on how long before it becomes three?