I’ve just begun writing a sequel to one of my books, Treading on Borrowed Time. It’s my first time out of the box doing a series of novels although I’ve always enjoyed reading them. When I was a kid I read all The Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan of the Apes novels until I felt as though he was retelling the same story over again, which for such a talented writer like him took quite awhile. I think that is why I’ve stuck with stand alone novels to this point. I didn’t want to continue with the characters unless there was really more story for them and had characters that had the potential to truly evolve over many installments. Bottom line I didn’t want to be writing the same book over again.
When I wrote Treading on Borrowed Time it was a fluid piece. It wasn’t until I was deeply into the novel when I actually understood how it would conclude. But the conclusion itself did lead to questions. Without giving away the ending it left my heroine, Julia Moreau, transformed in a way that led to the tantalizing thread — what happens next. Of course that character of Nicholas Burke as well, a time traveler, modern alchemist had the potential of evolving at least through one more novel, maybe more. I was something that I kept in the back of my mind until recently. So onward with the sequel. I’m ready now I think to turn the next page. 🙂
For Julia Moreau life seems complicated. Emerging from a failed marriage and managing a lifetime of diabetes, she lives alone in her childhood home where she communicates with the spirit of her Great Aunt Lilia. But Julia doesn’t have a clue what complicated is until she is thrust into being the key chess piece in a match between two powerful men of extraordinary abilities on the wild hunt for a mystical creature hidden in the heart of New Orleans’ French Quarter. Will Julia lose her soul to the karma of a devastating past life or her heart to the love of a man driven by dark forces? What is clear is that whichever way she turns she is Treading on Borrowed Time.