Some of my fondest memories of childhood include going to the library. I liked to read books that were part of a series. My favorites included Little House on the Prairie, Doctor Doolittle, and Pipi Longstockings. When my daughter learned to read, she too gravitated toward fictional series. Her all-time favorite was The Babysitter's Club. Reading a series gives you a chance to go beyond the end of the book and into the next one. When you love the characters, you want the story to go on and on.
When I began writing The Handy Helpers, I knew that I wanted it to be a series, and that I will keep writing as long as I have readers who want more. I love my characters. Sometimes I am surprised by what they do, but they always come through in the end, and make me proud. Most of my characters live in Christian homes where they go to church, pray, and read the Bible. I think that Christian kids should be able to read about characters who are like them. Even though they make bad choices sometimes, they learn and grow just like we all do.