Sequels

November 8th, 2011

FOR ALL OF YOU WHO’VE BEEN ASKING FOR A SEQUEL, CHECK OUT THIS NEW CHAPTER OF EPIC FAIL, WRITTEN IN CELEBRATION OF VALENTINE’S DAY!  DEREK AND ELISE–TOGETHER!

Almost every day–I mean, really, literally, almost every day–I get an email or a comment or an FB post from a reader asking me to please write a sequel to EPIC FAIL.  I’ve gotten requests for sequels to most of my other novels, but never to this extent.  

I’m flattered.  Obviously if readers want MORE, that’s a good thing for a writer.  But I’m also curious about what people look for in a sequel.

Some authors deliberately write books that can be continued.  Sometimes they start out knowing their book will be a trilogy or even longer and even if some part of the story gets wrapped up at the end of the first novel, there are threads deliberately left unfinished.  Sometimes they don’t even bother to wrap up any part of the story, just leave it as a cliffhanger (which drives me and my kids crazy because you often have to wait a year for the next book to be published and that’s just too long to see how a story comes out).  And sometimes there’s an episodic feeling to an author’s books–mysteries are a lot like that, where there are always new cases to be solved.

But my books aren’t like that.  They’re usually pretty neatly resolved.  There’s always a romance and no matter what goes wrong during the course of the book, the right people end up together.  Which makes me uncertain how to approach a sequel: do you split those people up again so they have to find their way back?  (Isn’t that annoying, though?)  Or do they realize they’re NOT right for each other and find other people?  (Isn’t that even more annoying?)  Or do they just have adventures together?

What do you think?  Do you like sequels to books, even if the characters are in a good place when the first one ends?  And, if so, what do you like to see happen in them?

(PS: there’s a tiny difference between the cover in this photo and the actual published cover.  Can you spot it?  It’s very subtle . . .)

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