It seems these days if you write one book, you inevitably will write a sequel. What is this desire authors have with sequels, trilogies or even huge sagas? Is it really reader demand that fuels this phenomenon or are we authors just not ready to say goodbye to our characters?
I’m just as guilty as the rest as I’ve a romantic suspense series of which I am in the middle of writing the third installment and having more fun with these characters than ever before. Now I’ve started work on a sequel to my Inspirational, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Your Wedding.
My motivations? Most often when I write a sequel it is because it has been requested. Readers and reviewers both have asked me to write a sequel to A Funny Thing. Just recently, a storyline came to me. The sequel starts two and a half years after the end of the first novel and it will focus on Alice Steele—the younger sister of the hero from A Funny Thing. Don’t worry Randy and Kari will show up too.
Here is an excerpt of
“Hey brother,” called
Unfortunately, Randy was in no mood. He turned and looked at her with annoyance. “Does Mother need me to do…something? I need something to do.”
“What’s wrong with you, Randy? I don’t think I’ve ever seen you this distracted. Didn’t your date with Kari go off well?”
“It went great; Kari was great.” He tried to maintain an easygoing expression, but irritability had slipped into his tone and he knew it.
“Okay, now when are you going to tell me the truth,” she asked, her eyes sharply assessed his face.
Randy lay back on the bed next to her and took in a deep breath. “The date really did go well. We had a lot of fun together.”
“Did you kiss her?” she whispered in his ear.
“You did. I can see it in your eyes…You love her!”
Randy sat up, too. “You sure know how to jump to conclusions.”
His sister flashed him a knowing smile. “Okay, you’re right,” he finally admitted. “I did kiss
her, and I…I do love her. But when it came down to it the other night, I panicked and fled like a coward.
She must hate me now.”
“Randy, if she really is the one for you then she won’t hate you. She’s probably just confused and possibly mortified. You better let me take over from here on out.”
If you haven't read A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Your Wedding, it is available at The Wild Rose Press. In e-book format, it is also at Fictionwise. Also available in print at Amazon & Barnes and Noble.
To read the entire 1st chapter visit my website.
My short Inspirational story, Relationship Rescue, was recently reviewed by author, Victoria Pitts-Caine. To read the review, please stop by her website.