All right, so I kinda spilled the beans on this one already. If you listen to my podcast on writing or follow me on Facebook or Twitter or read my writing how-to website Helping Writers Become Authors, then you probably already know my big news: there’s a Dreamlander sequel in the works!
I say this like it’s big news because it is–to me anyway. This is so for a couple of reasons:
1. I get to make all of you sequel-clamorers happy.
2. I get to write my first-ever sequel.
3. I figured out a way to make a Dreamlander sequel work–something I honestly never thought I’d be able to do.
I Don’t Do Sequels Have Sequels Coming Out of My Ears
Whenever readers in the past would ask me for sequels, I could only shake my head regretfully. No, sorry, I just don’t do sequels. As a reader, I have a special liking for standalone books. I like stories that are complete unto themselves–and that don’t have to explain every little detail of subtext away in the next three books. I like being able to finish a story in one sitting and then move on to the next thing.
I dearly love moving on to the next thing in my writing as well. As anyone who’s read more than one of my books already knows, I’m all over the place when it comes to genre and content. My first novel was a western, my second was a love story set in the Middle Ages, and my third was that little portal fantasy you may have heard of.
I’ve enjoyed every single one of those adventures, but in some ways I feel I’ve sowed my writerly wild oats and am ready to settle down, stay in one place for a while, and raise a family of sequels. I just didn’t think I’d end up with about a gazillion ideas for sequels all at once…
How the Dreamlander Sequel Came to Be
So there I am, in my magic space–which is the delicious opportunity to enjoy a moonlit summer night in front of a fire pit. The moon, a fire, and music–this is the best recipe I know for inspiration. Instead of deciding upon a particular story idea to dream about, I usually just let the music take me.
Well, this time it took me straight back to Dreamlander. I had reread the book recently (along with all my other published books–something I always do right before a new novel comes out), and I loved it. It was a tough book for me to write for a lot of reasons, so it’s an amazing blessing to return to it now that the stress of finishing it is all gone.
I was totally hearing all those shouts for “sequel!” that you guys have been throwing at me in reviews for the last three years. But the problem? I tied off the loose ends so tight at the end of the book that I was literally stumped for how to get my protagonist Chris Redston back to Lael. (That’s the problem with thinking you’re writing a standalone book…)
Then the music started playing, the fire started crackling, the hay-scented breeze started blowing–and boom! I was back in my fantasy land of Lael.
What’s Up Next for Chris and Co.?
My sequel idea is still a baby one, and I’m notoriously stingy about sharing ideas too soon. But since it’ll be a few years yet before you can get your sweaty little hands on the shiny paperback copy, I’ll give you just a teensy-weensy sneak peek.
What’s the title?
Is Chris going back to Lael?
How’s that going to work after all the events at the end of the first one?
Let’s just say the veil between the worlds isn’t going to be quite so permanent as it was before–and that’s a bad thing!
Are Chris and Allara going to reunite?
You know it!
Will he find/did he find Allara here in our world?
Not sure how that’s going to play in, but it’s definitely going to be a factor.
The Rievers will be back, there will be more grumpy Cherazii warriors to deal with, the worlds-wide stakes will be even higher than before, Allara is queen now, and Brooke and Mike just might visit Lael (how, you ask? that’s a secret!).
These are totally random thoughts right now, but I’m just thrilled to pieces with the opportunity to go back and take advantage of all the old aspects of Lael and its culture as well as this totally new angle. So hang in there with me–and we’ll all be back in our dreams before we know it!
But Wait, There’s More!
Did I say I had sequels coming out of my ears? Sure do. (It was a very productive fire night.)
No notion yet where Dreamlander/breaker will go after this, but I’d love to turn it into at least a trilogy. Beyond just that, I’ve also got ideas for turning my work-in-progress Wayfarer (about the historical superhero) into a series as well. Guess this is just a warm-up for all those epic fantasy trilogies I’ve been planning for the future!