The Anatomy of Sequel

Ever since I released Edge of Shadows, I’ve had readers asking when the sequel was going to be available. As an author, that is truly one of the best compliments in the world. Not only did someone read my book and liked it, but they want MORE.  Sweet.

At the time, I already had the first draft of The Soul Garden complete, and was halfway through Heiress of Lies so it didn’t make sense to stop midstream and go back to take a look at where Ellie and David’s path was going to lead them next. And I have always intended to start work on the first installment of the Purgatory series before the EoS sequel.

But as I’ve started sketching out and writing the first opening scenes to Purgatory, a strange thing started to happen. There was a little voice in the back of my head that questioned my decision to plow ahead on another new series. Was this move going to annoy and irate my fans? Probably the biggest reason that I gave some validation to that voice was because new fans were starting to read Heiress of Lies, and starting to ask about that sequel.

Hmmm.

Not surprisingly, I hit a roadblock with Purgatory. The words weren’t flowing, and I wasn’t happy with what I wrote. So I started over again with a new angle and still I got stuck rather quickly. After journaling a lot, it didn’t take me long to realize that my head and my creative spirit were out of alignment.

It has always been my intention to have the next installments for all 4 series out by the end of the year. (Despite late nights and sore fingers.) But until I got my head on straight, I was going nowhere fast and that in and of itself just won’t do.

I had to make a decision.

Edge of Shadows fans can rejoice, because the sequel is cooking as we speak! Once I gave myself permission to start thinking about Ellie and David again, things started falling into place pretty quickly. And I have to say, I got pretty excited about it.

I have a lot of people ask me questions about my characters and the plot and particularly about what’s coming up next. Honestly, that’s always been fuzzy to me too. There are a lot of loose ends that need to be addressed, and sometimes trying to tie those up have resulted in more questions that I feel like I will need to answer.

I am a pantster type writer as opposed to a planner. And contemplating a sequel requires a certain amount of planning. The main ingredients of your story (your main characters) have already been established. Even though you are putting them into a new situation or period of time, there is a structural framework that you established in the previous book that has to be honored. Because it’s what you did in the first book that made people want more.

So for those of you who want to know what’s up next in the Edge of Shadows sequel, and without giving any too much of a spoiler for anyone who hasn’t read it yet, this is what I know for certain:

  • It will be told again from both Ellie and David’s point of view
  • The house is as much a focal point as it was before, and you’ll learn a lot more about it.
  • From a supporting cast standpoint, Jeffrey will definitely return.
  • Things are going to get a lot darker.

That’s what I know. The rest is up for grabs. But what I have planned (I think) is pretty spectacular. I don’t know yet if this is going to be just a sequel, or if the story will continue into a third book to make this a trilogy. Guess I’ll find out soon enough.

Hopefully this is some happy news for my fans out there. And don’t hesitate to leave a comment below or drop me an email at cege@cegesmith.com with any specific questions you may have. I’ll try to answer all of them, assuming I have the answer. 🙂

Photo credit: Jayneandd

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