These days, it seems like every YA book you see is part of a series. There seem to be very few books that just stand alone. Yet I've never had any desire to write a sequel. I love my characters, but when I leave them at the end of a book, I'm finished with them. I've got them through whatever traumas I wanted them to deal with, and that's that.
I can understand the desire to write sequels, especially if you've designed and created an elaborate fantasy world. And sticking with characters whose voices you already know as well as your own is probably easier than having to birth new ones. And maybe the story you wanted to tell was bigger than could fit into a single book.
I can understand the reasons behind sequels and series, both as a writer and a reader. I just have no desire to go that way myself.
I am a writer, marketing executive for a national film agency, film reviewer and mother to two boys. As you can imagine, with all that going on, I don't sleep much.
Rep'd by Suzie Townsend and Jackie Lindert at New Leaf Literary.