I have a new novel out! It’s The Soul Thief, the sequel to The Popcorn Thief.
Here’s the blurb:
Ghosts get stuck sometimes.
Franklin sees it as his duty to help them along, get them to pass from this earth to the Beyond.…
WOO and HOO, y’all!
One of my favoritest books is The Popcorn Thief.
For the longest time, I thought that Franklin was just a one-off. That there wasn’t a second novel.
But Franklin started talking to me after a bit. Told me that there was more of his story, if I’d just shut up and listen for a bit.…
To date, 2015 appears to be the year of the sequel for me. This is a good thing. I’ve never been able to write sequels, or series. And yet, every bit of marketing advice out there says you must. I’m not sure I agree with that — I think it’s more important to write things that you love.
However, last fall, I asked the brilliant Kristine Kathryn Rusch about this. The advice she gave me was priceless: If I want to engage my butterfly brain, each book must be unique. You can’t just write the same story over and over again, or even really continue the story from one book to the next.
Since I started following that advice, I’ve been able to write more series characters. Each book is unique. I actually enjoy the challenge of that, while keeping the characters and their voices true.
So what exactly does that mean? Let me explain.
Warning – lots of pictures under the cut.