Saturday, August 17, 2013

An Author's Fear - The Telling 2 - Losing Jimmy

Of all the stories I've written, The Telling is the one that seems to have struck the biggest chord with readers. I've received so many beautiful letters about that story, many from veterans who felt kinship with the characters of Michael and Ryan. I also received letters from readers who'd spent their whole lives in the closet. They told me their stories, and I'm so honored they felt such a connection to me that they could discuss things they wouldn't tell others. I encouraged them to write their stories, share them with the world. Some did, some didn't. But through The Telling I met many wonderful people, some I still correspond with.

That a story I wrote could be so special to readers is humbling. They've have been asking for a sequel about Ryan and Terry. That's where fear comes in. If possible, Ryan is even more broken than Michael, and has a long road to recovery before him. Am I skilled enough as an author to do justice to his story?

The answer has been a resounding no for the past four years, which is why The Telling 2 - Losing Jimmy stalled. I didn't feel I was ready. Time has passed, and even more readers now are asking about Ryan.

The time has come. This will be a slow process and require much research, but I need to give Ryan some closure. I'm currently 21,000 words into a manuscript that should top out at about 70,000. Wish me luck.

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  1. Luck. I am sure your readers will love whatever the result is.

    KT

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  2. Thanks! I really need to get this right.

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  3. I wish you luck, but I've read enough of your books to know you have something better...talent and that is what will help you write a story that we will all be glad we waited for. I look forward to reading it.

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    1. Aww... Thanks! I've been doing lots of research and trying to get into Ryan's head. The poor thing's been through a lot. I so want to give him a happy, but realistic, ever after.

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  4. Any updates on this? Just read The Telling and as soon as Ryan's possible college move came up, I thought, "Oooh, maybe he and Terry could hook up and develop that little bit of compassion and caring we saw Terry have with Michael into a more well-rounded, not-as-arrogant Terry."
    And, of course, as soon as I finished the story, ran right over to your website to see if you'd written a sequel with them. :)

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    1. Hi, LePod!

      There is a short Jay/Michael sequel called Night Watch that you can find for free on All Romance Ebooks. Alas, the Terry/Ryan story is on hold right now while I'm working on the Diversion series, but I owe those boys some happiness, don't I?

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