Several people have asked me now if there will be a sequel to An Unexpected Legacy. Some have even told me that they're waiting for one. I hate to break anyone's heart, but as of this moment, there is no sequel in the works. I did have a few moments over the summer where I considered chasing the story of Jessica's roommate Courtney and letting her have a story, too, but it wasn't concrete enough in my head for me to try and start writing before I tackled a few other ideas that were more fleshed out. Who knows what I will decide to do in the future?
I am curious, though. If you were to read a sequel to Chad and Jessica's story, what would you want it to include? Do you want to know more about them? Other characters who were in the book? Someone new? What about my idea to give Courtney a story? Throw your ideas out. Maybe you'll inspire me so much that I'll have to give my fans what they want!
*Please, no spoilers in case anyone reading this hasn't read Legacy yet, okay? :-)
Too Much Christianity
When I set out to write my latest manuscript on November 1st, I set out with the goal of reaching the higher word count required by publishers like Hallmark. I also thought that I would try to tone down the Christian aspect and write more of a "sweet romance." As I got deeper and deeper into the manuscript, though, I couldn't help myself. I had to put those scenes in there, having my characters pray, look to God for advice, be involved in various church functions, etc. I knew when I started that they were Christians, but I still thought it wouldn't be that hard to leave out those pieces. Instead, I couldn't resist them.
In some ways, this is annoying because it means I didn't accomplish exactly what I meant to. In other ways, though, I think it makes me a bit proud. After all, it means those parts are so ingrained in me that I can't help but share them with others. It's not just words on a screen ... it's who I am. As I go through my own life, I want to pray to God, looking to Him for advice. I want to make sure I'm involved in all I can be with my church family. I want my children to know that if something is going on with our congregation, we'll be there if at all possible and have it be a big part of their lives, too. Maybe some people can be Christians without all that, but I can't.
So, was there too much Christianity in my book? No such thing! I just might have to find a different publisher.
Nanowrimo 2017 Recap
Well, dear readers, Nanowrimo 2017 has come to a close. Nanowrimo itself sets the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. I passed that on day 21, believe it or not. My personal goal was 65,000. I ended on November 29th with 67,362 words! I really wasn't sure I was going to make it. And I have no idea how good or bad the manuscript itself actually is (I usually don't go back and reread it for a while because it makes it easier to catch edits that way), but it's written. And a writer who doesn't ever write is a sad person indeed.
Now, on to the holidays! If you need a gift idea, my book is getting great reviews from you! Thanks so much for your kind words. I'm glad you like it and I love hearing your reactions and thoughts. Keep them coming!
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