I told you I was writing! Between the new addition to our family and a new job in my professional life, I’ve been quiet on the erotica front, but not inactive. What started as a side project and short story turned first into a novella, then a novel. I wanted to explore the aftermath of Something Forbidden, as well as set up a new book (Training to Love It, a book I’ve mentioned it a few times in the past). What I ended up with was a full blown sequel to Something Forbidden, as well as my first book told exclusively from a female perspective (Katie’s).
I’m really pleased with the evolution of her character, and while it’s not really a fully formed thought in my mind, I could see myself writing a third book for this fun couple. But that’s going to have to wait for the many other projects I’ve got on deck.
Now would be a great time to re-read Something Forbidden (or pick it up if you haven’t). Look for Nothing Forbidden in the next month or so. Also, check back the week of Halloween for a special little sneak treat (see what I did there?). Blurb and cover after the break.
This will be my first novel length book (I consider All In, Leap, and While She Watches novellas, if we must categorize). It picks up a year after the events of the short Rediscovering Danielle, but I want to stress that I don’t consider it a sequel. You do not need to read the short story to understand what’s going on in the novel.
I owe thanks to a lot of people for helping this book become a reality (my wife; my editor, Lucy V. Morgan; my beta readers and friends), but at the top of that list has been the sheer support of my readers. I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have written this book without your requests (I have a particular bias towards sequels).
But I’m glad that I did write it. In my opinion, it’s the finest piece of writing I’ve produced to date (and perhaps the hottest). Hope those who requested–and anyone else who picks it up–agrees.
Sorry, couldn’t help the pun (and worse, the pun hardly makes sense). Little Miss Calculation should post soon to Lit (edit: I’ve posted it on my site). If you haven’t read the first part of the “Little Miss” tales (Little Miss Communication), it’s basically a girl meets boy story, set primarily in a gym. Elaine is drawn to Hayden’s bad boy persona, but discovers there’s more to him than just that.
The sequel takes their relationship a step further, but I’ll let you discover that for yourself. For me, the sequel has taken my thoughts of Elaine and Hayden further, too. I’m intrigued by them and the possibilities of where their relationship could go. Once you finish Calculation, there’s a pretty obvious direction, and while I might write that one day, I’m curious to hear what others think or want to see in future installments. No promises that anything will get written, but my muse is always hungry for more ideas.
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I have the basic concept of Elaine’s next adventure worked out in my head (i.e. that thing she confesses to Hayden at the end of Little Miss Communication that the reader isn’t privy to), but when I went to execute said adventure, it fell flat. Not that the actual fantasy is at fault, but I think I tried to force it a bit too much. So it’s back to the drawing board with El and Hayden.
This kind of speaks to the difficulty of the sequel. If the story stood on its own, then it would have worked. But since I’m dealing with characters that already have their (recent) pasts written, there’s a bit more care needed. The expectations aren’t just for the reader or the writer. The characters themselves expect to be treated with respect.
There are two ways to read a sequel request:
(Well, and I suppose there’s some middle ground in there, too. Something about not all conflicts being resolved, loose ends to tie up, etc. I don’t include this because I think a good story leaves a little up to the imagination. Think of it as a snap shot of a person’s life; when is that snap shot ever complete?)
The stories that I write are, in my mind, complete. The arc that I wanted to tell has been told. The development that I wanted the characters to undergo has been undergone. We’ve made the journey from point A to point B. For this reason, I tend not to read sequel requests to be point 1 above.
As far as point 2 is concerned, it’s really flattering to get the request, but it’s also a pretty dangerous request. The story that I’d tell wouldn’t simply be an extended conclusion to the original. It would have to be a new story. Now we’re talking about managing expectations: you have one expectation in the sequel, I have another. It’s why so often, the originals are better than their sequels (Godfather and Terminator aside). We go into the first movie without any clue what to expect; we go into its sequel with a long list of preconceived notions.
This isn’t to say that I’m opposed to writing them. Just so you know, I’m currently working on one for Little Miss Communication (largely motivated by comments and requests). Rags to Reunions won’t get one (come on, you know what happens next…), but I am toying around with the idea of an Adele Blanchette spin-off.
The point is, I like the idea of sequels, too, and am very guilty of asking my favorite authors for them. There’s just a great deal of risk involved (for both reader and writer) in sequels. In the end, I have to be comfortable telling a story that feels strong and fresh on its own — not just more of them same.