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October 18th, 2013

My tweets

  • Thu, 19:29: Great time at Whitley County Writer’s Group, and a guest: the mother of Steve Womack, Senior Partner at my publisher, http://t.co/q3ENKuPG3O
  • Thu, 20:09: Albion Fire Department’s Breakfast is Saturday morning 8-11 a.m. They’ll have copies of Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights, proceeds to AFD.
  • Fri, 00:26: Do you suppose that when they're not on the job, the Blue Man Group absolutely hate the color blue?

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Sequel Mania

SLIGHTLY OFF THE MARK

 

            I was deluged with requests to write a sequel to my first novel. I’m not even exaggerating: There were a few dozen requests. For me, that’s as much a deluge as what used to come through my kitchen ceiling. People like the characters, and want to hang around them for awhile longer, an idea that’s launched many good story continuations.

            Sequels aren’t a new idea. I’ve often mentioned The Wizard of Oz, which started out as a book 39 years before Judy Garland slipped on her ruby slippers (don’t get me started on the color changes in the movie). L. Frank Baum’s American fantasy was so popular that he wrote 13 sequels, and when he died others took up the magical torch – there were some 40 official Oz books in all. Take that, J. K. Rowling.

            But Oz suffered the same fate many book, movie, and TV series do: Some of the Oz books were wonderful, and some were … not.           

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