The future of the Brookline University series

I began writing the Brookline University series in 1998, completed the four books in 2005, and began publishing the series in 2008. The series roots go back much further – I created Joy Morrison in 1989 and gave her a twin in 1990.

The first time I mentioned Joy in my story diary she was 28. In a later entry I said she looked like Heather Graham circa License to Drive (based off the pic on the left here).

Since completing the four book series I’ve also written and published two prequels (the Streetwise series) and written a sequel that hasn’t been published (and was a big reason for what I’m now doing with the series). The prequels, which were re-written before publication this year, have a very different tone and vibe from the main series – one that I prefer.

When I first wrote the series, I was only a few years out of high school – the same age as the characters – and a lot of plots I wrote reflected my age. As time marched on, I wanted to change things, but as anyone who’s ever written knows, when you change one thing, it affects another and another … and pretty soon you have a major re-write on your hands.

Libby had an early-on middle name change, became Joy’s twin, and they both got younger.

I have wanted to rewrite the series for a number of years, but being in the middle of publishing it, it seemed like a bad idea. After the release of the prequels and when writing the sequel I realized I really wanted the main series to be just as good and match the tone of the other books. I resented having to include certain things in the prequels just because they were established in the main series, and it really got me focused on a rewrite.

So in 2019, I’ll be rewriting the entire Brookline series, including the Streetwise prequels. Because of this, the books are now out-of-print and no longer available.

I’m not sure how much will change – I’ve considered a name change for the school they go to, for one – but there are some changes I know I’m making that will affect every book. I foresee the biggest changes in the main series, not so much the prequels.

I know exactly what happens to all of the characters in the series now (I didn’t when I wrote it … I actually had no plan for where the series would go after their college years … and sometimes not even during the series itself). I really want to be able to write sequels, and I also have a spinoff series in the works, but none of that can happen without some changes to the main series.

I promise when the books are re-released, members of my newsletter list will be able to get them all at a steep discount.

If you’ve read any of the Brookline University books, here’s your chance to send me some feedback. Anything you hated? Things you’d change? Did I get some things horribly wrong (I know I did), and are there things you definitely don’t want me to change? Characters you loved? Want to see more or less of? Plots you thought were dumb? Plots you appreciated?

Either comment here or click on the Contact button above to shoot me an email. Your comments will really help me with rewrites, and everyone who comments will get a thank you in the book (so please indicate what name you’d like me to use in the thank yous).

Thanks so much and I can’t wait to bring you these books in 2019 (if I can edit that fast … send me some speed vibes too!)

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2 thoughts on “The future of the Brookline University series

  1. Mimi Premo says:

    I really adored the series and prequels, but completely see why you are choosing to re-write them.

    Things that I could have done without:
    Angel’s pregnancy/wedding storyline…..loved it and hated it at the same time. I understand that Angel does end up with a happy ending and I love the connection to Trinity House in her daughter’s name. It just seemed too soap-opera for my taste. Maybe have Angel have a pregnancy scare or miscarry? That seems a tad more realistic.

    I disliked the absence of actual class attendance in the Brookline University quartet. The girls were college students…..maybe show them as students? Especially Libby.

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    • Jennifer says:

      Thanks so much for commenting. The pregnancy story was a tough one … I’m actually right with you on the love it/hate it. I liked the reality of it in regards to what I had planned after (her struggles post college), but it’s a story line I feel could be done without a kid and have it be more relatable and realistic. (Plus, I want to do more by Angel since I feel like I give her the short end of the stick a lot)

      And yes to the classes! That is such a good point. I’m skimming over one of the books right now and they don’t seem to take exams often or study all that much. And considering I have them pursuing degrees that would be academic heavy, that’s a huge oversight.

      Thank you SO much for the comments. I’m getting excited to tackle this rewrite!

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