May 19, 2010

Why has only “Odd Thomas” captured your sequel quill? When is the next “Chris Snow” book coming out? Will you ever go back to either the worlds of “Dark Rivers of the Heart” or “By the Light of the Moon”?

Fans have said I’ve written many books that cry out for sequels, such as BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON, and DARK RIVERS OF THE HEART. And though they like Odd Thomas, they wonder why that one already has already had three sequels. They also want to know when the next Chris Snow is coming out, and if I’ll write a sequel to BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON. I have a lot of requests for sequels to BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON and I didn’t think I was setting it up for one I do see though why many people feel that it might be an obvious series. I won’t say I won’t return to it, I don’t intend to, but, I also never intended to return to certain other things and I did. As for ODD THOMAS, I loved that character from the moment the first book was written, I wanted to go on to book two but I didn’t want to do it until I found out whether readers might actually like him as much as I did. When readers responded to him so strongly that allowed me to start writing a sequel to that and in fact a whole series. I did not know that it was going to be a seven book series until I was working on number four. And I now know there are seven books to complete Odd’s entire journey. I know where he’ll end up in the seventh book and it’s pretty astounding, it gives me a real chance to fall flat on my face, which I always enjoy, because if you aren’t challenged the book is never going to be any good. I don’t know what’s going to happen to Odd from the time he leaves Magic Beach at the end of book four until his journey ends at the end of book seven. I never know what’s going to happen in a book as I’m going. So the journey is as much of an exciting one for me as I hope it will be for you. Uh, as for Chris Snow, there will be the third Chris Snow book; you can count on it, if I live long enough.

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