Friday, April 27, 2012

YA Indie Carnival - Sequels

YA writers and bloggers unite each week to share their thoughts, hopes and dreams about what it's like going indie in today's publishing world.

The word sequel used to scare me silly. There are so many pitfalls involved with writing a follow up novel - consistency, the danger of over explaining things, trying to link things together... but you know what, once you get started, it's really not that bad.

I wanted to try writing a trilogy that was very interconnected, the kind where you really had to read all three books in order to get a full picture. They are my favourite to read, so I thought I'd give it a go... and so the Time Spirit Trilogy was born.

The way I went about it was by designing one big story arc that spanned all three books then within that writing three smaller story arcs, one for each book. When I look back now, I don't actually know how I came up with it all and pieced it all together. I guess miracles can happen :)

The next sequel I will be writing is the second book in the Mica and Lexy Series. Book One - Forbidden Territory - is due out in July. This will be quite different though. Brenda (co-author) and I want to make these the kinds of books that can be read out of order. They will involve all the same characters, but each book will stand on its own. I'm sure that will be a very different writing experience from the Time Spirit Trilogy and I'm looking forward to what I can learn.

As for reading sequels, I really love it because I feel like I know the characters a little already. It's like catching up with old friends as you delve into the pages. The major downer for me is if I've had to wait months before getting my hands on a sequel. You end up forgetting a lot and you almost have to read the first book again to figure out where you are. I'm a big fan of producing interconnected sequels in quick succession.

How do you find writing or reading sequels?

Find out what the other carnis think by clicking the links below.

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