I wanted the fifth Tufa novel, Gather Her Round, to be a monster story.
Writing a series is a balancing act between giving your readers what they want, and giving them something new. We’ve all read those series that have gone on too long, and we can tell the authors are just going through the motions. I try very hard not to do that.
With every book in the series, I try to introduce a new broad concept that I haven’t used before. It can be as simple as changing the point of view, as in Chapel of Ease, which was written in first person. It can be as complicated as deciding to spend the first two-thirds of the story following the antagonist around instead of the hero, as in Long Black Curl. So for Gather Her Round, after writing about human monsters, I wanted to have a real monster. But it had to be the right one.