The Soul Thief

The Soul ThiefGhosts get stuck sometimes.

Ghosts get stuck sometimes.

Franklin sees it as his duty to help them along, get them to pass from this earth to the Beyond.

But some ghosts start returning. Haunting Franklin. Destroying his crops.

Franklin learns he must use an ancient, powerful blade to force the ghosts back Beyond.

However, someone else wants that blade, for purposes that involve life and death, not just for the ghosts, but for all the living as well.

Also read Book One of the Chronicles of Franklin, The Popcorn Thief.

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June 2015

Background for The Soul Thief

For the longest time, there wasn’t any kind of sequel for The Popcorn Thief. I figured I was done with Franklin. There really wasn’t any more story to tell.

But I had a fan of the book keep poking me. She really wanted more Franklin. Or Darryl. Or just..something more in that world.

About a year after I finished The Popcorn Thief I had a vague idea for a sequel. In part, this came about because Kristine Kathryn Rusch gave me a golden piece of advice for writing sequels: The sequel must always be a completely different book than the first one for people like me who have butterfly brain.

Some people can just write one long story, or sequels that are similar to previous stories. Not me. It has to be completely different.

Once I started to figure out what that meant for me, I started getting ideas for the sequel to The Popcorn Thief.

I took a weekend to outline the book, doing casual research to figure out where things happened. The research, as usual, inspired more of the story.

Writing The Soul Thief was pure joy. I adore Franklin, his voice, his quiet, his very grounded determination. I love his battles and his honesty.

At some point, there will be a third book in the Chronicles of Franklin. I already have the title and the start of it. I just have to figure out how to make it different enough for me to want to write it.

In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy reading The Soul Thief as much as I did writing it.

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