One of the things I found myself really disliking, when writing my first book, is relying on a sequel to tell the rest of the story. Unfortunately, the idea of The Legend of Buddy Hero involves quite a lot of tale to tell and I just didn’t think I could do the story justice in one book. That, and, the idea of an on-going series without a specific end seemed to match the concept of the superhero story in general…so…even if the next book were to never actually be written, each book will have to end with the concept that there is more to come…it’s the comic book way.
But when it came to writing a second, not-connected, book, I really wanted to make a standalone title, something where people would come out of it knowing the whole story and being able to judge the thing on that, vs. having a crazed need for the second book because of how the first one dropped off…unfortunately, my second book, The Agora Files, quickly got away from me and I found that there was much more to the story than I had expected and, well, instead of having a nice well wrapped up book, it ended in one of the most abrupt ways possible…meaning one of the questions I get asked most frequently from the people who read my books is, when the hell are you going to get the next book out!?! The need to know the next part of that story seems to be rather forceful…
I’m happy to announce that I plan on starting to write the first draft for the sequel to The Agora Files on Monday. I’m actually quite excited about it…but at the same time, I’m incredibly nervous. The writing of the first book was a rather manic affair. I was a madman in the writing of it, inspiration never far away. I honestly couldn’t write fast enough. Five to ten thousand word days accompanied my writing of that book and I couldn’t stop thinking about it for a single second. And, as opposed to anything else I’ve written, very little changed between the first draft and the final published version. If the Greek Muses exist, they are more responsible for the writing of that book than I am.
So, going into writing the sequel to a book like that seems a daunting task. It’s been over 2 years since I first wrote that book, and the idea that I can even get back into that mindset…well…let’s just say that I really like the book and really want to do it justice.
Because this isn’t a sequel…this isn’t an afterthought to the original story, this is the continuation of the original story…this is where the story was supposed to be going all along. And I really, really, really, want it to be good.
So…this weekend, I’m re-reading The Agora Files myself, getting that whole exhausting cross-country feeling back into my brain. I’m ready to run the gauntlet once again. And I’m ready to show you what happens when Cyrus finally crosses the finish line (you know…the end of the story). It’s pretty darned awesome.
Have fun out there!