Gabrielle Bisset

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Sequels

Before Stolen Destiny, my first novel I plan to publish, I wrote a few other stories and one complete book.  That one is sitting patiently waiting for me to return, but that might just be the book that is supposed to just be and nothing else.  When I began that book, I didn't have any plans other than to write down what had come to me one night.  And that's exactly what I did.  The story just flowed out of me, and I enjoyed completing that book a great deal. 

But then one morning as I was taking a shower an idea for a sort of beauty and the beast type story came to me, and I quickly raced out of the bathroom, soaking wet and dripping all over the place, to jot down some ideas that had been dancing around in my head as I washed my hair.  (I know.  It's a bit weird, but this is the way things come to me, even concerning my day job.) 

From those jottings came the book Stolen Destiny.  It didn't end up as a beauty and the beast variation, but that's how it started.  And that book flowed even better than the first had.  I would get home as quickly as possible from work to get back to it because I'd have ideas popping around in my brain all day while I was supposed to be teaching freshmen history.  I could barely keep up with the ideas!

As I was finishing the book, I knew I wanted to write a sequel that would focus on one of the characters who didn't get a HEA.  He was so wonderful to write because he was the villain that I couldn't just let him fade away into the sunset, so I planned on getting back to him later.  First, I had another sequel idea that I wanted to get to.

But anyone who knows me can tell you that I rarely am able to just do one thing at a time and before I knew it, I had ideas for both sequels.  So now, almost three months later, sequel two is about half way completed, and sequel three is about 2/5 completed.  And each day the ideas keep coming so I race home to write, just as I did with Stolen Destiny.