Yes, yes, this post is shamefully overdue. I have been working!! I promise! Yesterday, at approximately 8 am I sent another draft of my sequel to my editor in the UK. While I wait for her responses, I will continue to draft and write.
Writing this sequel has been an interesting ride. In fact, for my critical thesis for Vermont College I wrote about sequels and the differences in artistic approach when writing a sequel. For instance, in a sequel there is a dual audience: the audience who has read the first book and those who have not. Because of this duality, when I first sat down to write the sequel, I thought I needed to pick right back up where I left off in the first book. I was really tied to that and had some trouble, artistically, figuring out how to open my sequel when the original novel ended in the middle of action. Do you complete the action? Do you just start somewhere else? I think I finally came to the conclusion that really, you owe nothing to the original material except for the characters. Sure, previous plot points matter and believe me, in terms of Stolen Nights everything that happened in Infinite Days has meaning. But I was left with a million questions. I have known all along how i want this series to end but getting there is part of the artistic experience of being a writer. Needless to say, I have learned so much and really love this series. I hope come early 2012, my readers do as well.
So that's where I've been. And I'm feeling good. I'm incredibly happy with Lenah at the moment. Don't get me wrong she's done some really really dumb, unexpected stuff in this sequel but I'm proud of her emotional journey.