The Capture

Author (and UMD professor) Tom Isbell wraps up his young adult Prey trilogy with The Release.  He talks about his inspirations (The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss, the Holocaust) and about the question: how big is our circle of concern?

Social media is all abuzz with the story of  J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, taking actor Alan Rickman aside and confiding to him a secret.  No one else knew what was going to happen in the series, of course, but Rowling knew Rickman needed this piece of information to play his character in the movie adaptation.

So how do the writers of books in a series do it?  Plot it all out in advance like Rowling did? Or, as many authors maintain, do the characters take over and surprise their authors?