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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Guest Blog: Berengaria Brown: When Readers Ask for a Sequel

For an author (or aspiring author) selling the first book is the ultimate high. All those hours of research, writing, editing, proofing, agonizing over the plot and characters, is suddenly validated when a publisher accepts your book. All those nights when your friends were out partying, and you were sitting in front of a keyboard, typing madly, have suddenly paid off. You are an author!

Then selling the second book is another adrenaline rush. It was not a fluke! You can (and did!) do it again.

But what about when readers email you, asking for a sequel?

First there’s the, “OMG they liked my book that much!!!” scream of excitement.

Quickly followed by “OMG I didn’t plan the book with a sequel in mind!” scream of horror.
Then I sat down and reread the book carefully. And no, a secondary character didn’t jump out from it begging for his story to be told. But then I got thinking. What if...

What would make a werewolf world need MM relationships? How would this be worked out? How could it happen in this world? Why would it happen?

Before long the situation was consuming me even though I had other deadlines, and a day job I ought to have been paying attention to. Until finally, one day, Dai knocked on my brain demanding his story be told. Thank God!

Berengaria is a multi-published author of erotic romance: contemporary, paranormal (ghosts, vampires, fairies and werewolves) and Regency-set historical. She loves to read all different kinds of romance so that is what she writes: one man/one woman; two women; two men; two men/one woman; three men, two women/one man…. Whatever the
characters need for their very hot happily-ever-after, Berengaria
makes sure they get it.

For all those readers out there who enjoy a yummy werewolf, here’s a bit about “Were the Hell?”

Septimus, is sent to a pack across the country to see if they have a solution to why almost no females have been born into his pack in over 30 years.

As soon as he walks into the meeting room he smells his mate. The lust between them is instant and fierce. By day they try to solve the problem of the gender imbalance, by night they fuck each other's brains out.

Septimus finally gets a lead as to why there may be no females born in his pack. An old man, Arthur, remembers a wizard threatening to curse his pack. Septimus and Arthur speak to a very old woman, Richenda who gives them some trails to follow.

Septimus’ duty is to help his pack. But he’d much rather be in bed with Dai. And is the situation even solvable anyway?

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Shelley Munro said...

LOL Readers do tend to like sequels. I'm glad you managed to come through for your readers *g*

Janice said...

Good for you. You are not a one trick pony. (A new writer's greatest fear.)

Good luck with your newest release and I wish you many sales.


Tina Donahue said...

I've just started getting involved with sequels myself and it is daunting, just as you say Berengaria. Trying to keep the momentum going in a second book is harder (for me, at least) than writing the first!

Congrats on all your great works. :)

Paul McDermott said...

My personal experience in your genre is limited to a couple of short (c.3000 wd) stories, BUT I've had PARENTS ask me to write "further adventures of" the hapless band of pirates I put together in my first Childrens' book.
I had intended to push on with a sequel so I did. That's now completed and 'doing the rounds' of possible publishers [the small,local publisher of my first book has unfortunately gone out of business] and I've started writing a THIRD book ... hopefully plenty of mileage left in the tank!

Liz said...

I think I have the opposite problem...I am always considering side characters for sequels or even prequels!
keep up the great work

Johnny Miles said...

Sequels. OMG! I'd like to someday. I've been asked. But it's hard to get back there. Especially if it's something recent and there are so many other stories with characters knocking at your brain begging, sometimes screaming, to get out. Glad to hear it worked out for you. I wish you much success!

Molly Daniels said...

I'm a fan of sequels; I like to see the story continue:)

Good for you!

anny cook said...

Yes, aren't sequels fun...? Keep up the good work!

jean hart stewart said...

I love writing sequels.. have just finished my second round of eight. Good blurb and a daunting theme..Jean

Marianne Stephens said...

Only once did I think about a sequel...actually another episode of the main time travel theme. Never wrote it as the first book has sold the least copies out of all my books (and is my favorite book that I've written!).
I'm glad you were able to think it through and make it work for you.

Dragon Lady said...

For me, even knowing there isn't a sequel planned, I need just a bit more about those in the story. Sometimes. ;) I have sat and gone, WTF? THAT is how this story ends? What happens next? Did they find their HEA? ARGH!!! The author didn't put it in the story to end it. *shrugs* That's usually the time when I ping and say..SEQUEL?? Sometimes I get smart and search out the authors site and find out before I open mouth insert foot.


Berengaria Brown said...

@Shelley: Thank you for coming by and commenting
@Janice: Thank you for your good wishes
@Tina: Yes, the momentum and also keeping the world totally consistent.
@Paul: I hope you sell the book really soon!
@Liz: Thank you for your good wishes
@Johnny: Oh yes, those characters always screaming for their stories. Don't they understand about day jobs! LOL
@Molly: Thank you.
@Anny: Thank you for visiting. Your sequels are awesome!
@Jean: 8 sequels! Congratulations!
@Marianne: It'd be awesome to just write whatever we wanted without any financial considerations. Maybe one day.
@Dragon Lady: For me an HEA or at least a HFN is essential. If I want sad there's always the newspaper.

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