One of the best feelings an author gets is when readers ask about characters in their books. They want to know what happened after that last chapter, what the characters are up to now, and, most importantly, if they’ll be able to read about those characters again. Since we authors consider our characters to be real people, it just thrills us when our readers feel the same way.
Over the past few months I’ve been getting a number of questions from readers about my characters, and I thought I’d answer them here in one blog post. I warn you, though; some of these answers may lead to even more questions, but it’s my intention to get everything answered in the end. Also, if you haven’t read all of the books, you may find some spoilers below. So feel free to skip over the titles that are still on your TBR list if you don’t want to know what happened before you read it. 🙂
The main question I get about Crimson and Clover is whether Katie and Jay were able to stick it out together. After all, it was hard for Katie to decide to trust Jay again after what he did. When we left them at the end of the book, they were in that tentative, blissful state of finally finding each other again, and readers want to know if that lasted.
The good news is that there are at least two more books planned for the Carey On Series. The bad news is that I can’t tell you when they’ll see the light of day. Crimson and Clover is still published and distributed by my publisher, and I’m not sure if I’ll submit the other books in the series to them. At some point I’d like to offer series books as box sets, to offer special pricing at times and offer different incentives for purchasing all the books in the series. But it’s not possible for an author to offer such things when the books are traditionally published – the publisher controls the price, whether or not the books can be sold as a set, etc. Even if I self-publish the next two books in the series, Crimson and Clover still remains beyond my control, and while it is it seems counter-productive to put the next books out without being able to include the first book of the series with them. So for now, it’s a wait and see kind of thing. Maybe one day Katie and Jay’s story can continue.
UPDATE: Since this post was written, my publisher and I have come to an amicable parting of the ways, and all the publishing rights to Crimson and Clover now belong solely to me. I plan to republish the book in 2015, and now the Carey On Series can continue!
So many people have asked me to write a sequel to Derek and Athena’s story. But I’ve gotta be honest – the characters aren’t feeling it. When I had the Halloween short story All Shook Up here on the website, we learned a bit more about them a decade down the road, but that story was mainly about the lead singer for Derek’s band, Paul Taylor. I plan to go back to All Shook Up and add to it, change things around a bit, and publish it as a novella. Maybe when I’m deep into that story I’ll find that Derek and Athena have more to say, and if that happens then we’ll have a second book and a Memphis Rock Series.
The epilogue pretty much wrapped up Spencer and Geoff’s story. Xander was in prison for the rest of his life and no longer a threat to the Lanes; Spencer’s syndicated show was a hit; Geoff formed a new band and was ready to hit the road with it, along with his wife and their two children. At this point I don’t have any plans to continue their story. But never say never! Geoff is a very forceful character, and if he decides he has more to say, there’ll be no denying him. You know how he is. 🙂
This book will be released this summer, and I think it’s going to be my longest book to date. Even as long as it’ll be, the story of Rhys James and Rhett Davis isn’t finished – not by a long shot. I’m already working on the second book in the Illicit Series called Heart of Gold, and there’s also a third book planned. If I thought Geoff Lane from Song Without Words was forceful, Rhys James from Sister Golden Hair puts him in the shade. Rhys is one of those men who just gets to you, and he has a lot to say. I can’t wait for you to meet him this summer.
Like most authors, I get seeds of ideas for books all the time. I’m always jotting down notes on these ideas as they come to me, and one day I know those characters will start demanding my attention. They’re always there at the back of my mind, and I promise they’ll see the light of day eventually.
So there are the answers I can give you right now on what happened to Katie and Jay, Athena and Derek, and Spencer and Geoff, plus a little bit of an introduction to Rhett and Rhys. Keep those questions coming, though! It always thrills me when those characters become as real to you as they are to me.