Author, speaker, and web designer Tiffany Amber Stockton graciously invited me to contribute a guest post today at her blog, A Fiction-Filled Life. I talk a little bit about the peculiar difficulties of writing a sequel:
Then I discovered that when somebody publishes your book, chances are, they’re going to ask you to write another. Sure, nowadays it’s common for people to write with visions of seven-volume epic franchises dancing in their heads, but that never occurred to me. I’d met my goal, written my novel, and now it was time to get back to my beloved short stories, right?
Wrong. It wasn’t just my publisher asking. Friends, relatives, strangers who had enjoyed the book–people had expectations. So, okay, I thought. I can write a sequel. I’ve got an idea that will work, and I’ve already done one of these, so it won’t be very difficult.
It turned out to be a lot harder than I figured.
If you leave a comment answering the question I pose at the end of the article, you have a chance to win a signed copy of my novel, The Muse, and its sequel, The Seer, which is planned for release later this year.