Play it Again, Sam

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Many times when I finish a book, I close the cover with a sense of loss. During the time I spent with the characters I came to love them, and want to know ‘what happens next?’ Oh, I have a satisfied feeling when everything works out for the tortured hero and heroine, but what about tomorrow? Or next Christmas? After I’ve invested all that emotion, do they just disappear? Then, in my sorrow, I do an internet search and find—A SEQUEL!

Yeah! I can re-visit my characters, and have a whole new experience with the people I was introduced to in Book #1. My favorite kind of author is one who does sequels. You begin the book with a frame of reference. You know the hero in this book is the younger brother of the last book’s heroine. Or her cousin, or his sister. So you settle in pretty quickly, like you’re visiting an old friend.

When I wrote A Run For Love, I had no intention of doing sequels. But when a couple of my beta readers said they were so sorry when it ended, I realized with four nieces and nephews, I had plenty of material to work with.

Thinking it would be cool to get a Christmas novella out, I wrote A Wife By Christmas, using Ellie, the youngest niece. Naturally, once my publisher accepted that one, I sat down and did outlines for the other three. Right now I’m working on Michael’s story, A Prescription For Love. Next will be Rachel, and lastly Hunter.

It’s also fun writing sequels. I laugh when I have scenes where characters from previous books pop up. They’re still as feisty and funny as before. It’s nice to visit with them again.

How do you feel about sequels? Do you like them, or do you prefer a whole new cast of characters?

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17 Responses to Play it Again, Sam

  1. It is always fun to read a book with a familiar character or two! Kind of like gathering with a group of old friends :)

    Nice post Callie!

  2. Callie says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Christine. First, as usual, lol.

  3. derekd says:

    Give me a series/sequel over a stand-alone any day. In addition to what you guys point out about revisiting characters, the author also has the opportunity to give us a deeper look into the setting and the world around them, making the whole thing richer for me.

    • Callie says:

      I agree, derekd. I recently took a trip to Guthrie, OK, where my Oklahoma Lovers series takes place back in the late 1800s, early 1900s. I picked up a wealth of information, took lots of pictures, and am using it in the second sequel I’m writing now.

      Thanks for stopping by.

  4. Cheryl Yeko says:

    There are some characters I love to read and reread, such a Cat and Bones. For paranormal readers you know who I’m talking about.

    But, most of the time I like new leads with a fresh romance and old friends popping in and out throughout the story.

    -Cheryl

  5. Callie says:

    Yes, Cheryl, I also love those old friends popping in and out. Plus when I read those sequels, I feel satisfied knowing all my old ‘friends’ are still doing fine. Great to ‘see’ you.

  6. BJ Scott says:

    I often search for a sequel if I loved the first book. On the other hand, a good book is what it is whether it is a sequel or not. I am writing another book right now, but not a sequel. Do have one planned though ;)

  7. Calisa Rhose says:

    Great topic, Callie. I like sequels for the same reasons you do. I began writing a book three years ago that had a fairly large cast of secondary characters to enhance it. A year into this story (those cps!) one of my cps asked why I didn’t make it a series when one secondary character kept trying to take over. That one book has morphed into five so far. Have I finished any? Not yet, but I’m working on it! I can’t wait to read yours.

  8. Callie says:

    I agree. I’ve read tons of books without a sequel, and enjoyed them very much. Can’t wait to read your next one, Barb. Thanks for stopping by.

  9. Ceri Hebert says:

    I love sequels (even if I read them out of order-like I read your A Wife By Christmas and now need to read A Run For Love). I have 2 sequels to two of my stories in the works, so I love writing them as much as I love reading them!

  10. nancy says:

    I can see the pleasure in writing sequels; however, I would call what callie is doing as continuations or a series rather than a sequel. To me a sequel has the same couple as the main characters. I generally dislike these because the author doesn’t have the same vision of the characters as I do. I hate reading a story in which the hero and heroine of a previous book are having marital problems–they have to have a HEA. I could have cheerfully murdered an author who killed off the hero of one book in less than a decade after the end of the previous book. That book had told the harrowing story of the many troubles and pains the heroine had endured to rescue her husband. All that angst wasted when he dies anyway. Romances have to haver HEA forever in all the books that follow.
    I have read several series or books built around one family or club or group. As long as each couple is shown later as in a happy situation, I don’t mind them popping up. Wouldn’t disturb me if they were menaced by external forces and have to be saved by the current protagonists of the book== as long as they have a hea.
    I much prefer a circle of friends or family of siblings rather than generations. The later generations never seem to have learned a thing from their parents and grandparents . I never read sagas because I don’t want the previous character to be dead or worried about the unhappy offspring. My fiction reading is all about escape. I read non fiction or look at newspapers and people I know for troubles.
    I have not yet found a saga that I liked.

    Howeve, it is different for the author

  11. Callie says:

    Thanks for stopping by Ceri. I agree, sequels can be fun. Can you post a review of A Wife By CHristmas? It doesn’t have to be more than a few stars, and “I liked this book” type thing. I know everyone is busy.

  12. Callie says:

    Nice to have a difference of opinion on sequels. Not everyone likes them, and Nancy gives some good reasons. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Angelyn says:

    I love sequels because I never want a good story to end. Congrats on your new contract!

  14. Ellq Quinn says:

    I like books that are connected. Whether they are sequels or stand alone books that have familar characters.

    • Callie says:

      I think there is a certain amount of coziness in reading about characters you were introduced to in a previous book. Thanks for stopping by, Ella.

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