I tell people, when they ask, and I’ve mentioned it here before, that writing Turned/Red didn’t just happen. I didn’t just sit down one way with a story ready to pour out of me. There was an idea, one I toyed with for months, a whim almost. But that’s not unusual. I’ve found that artists toy with ideas, pouring over them time and time again, molding and reshaping.
The actually writing of said ideas? I wish that came faster.
People who know me as the girl who can sew a 1860s dress in a day (sewing, yes. Research? That’s months in the making, but I digress), were shocked, maybe even confused when I said that I had at least three versions of my story, all of them vastly different. None of them making it past the third chapter.
That’s a lie. The first one went to the sixth, I believe.
The point is, I tried writing this story enough times to think that it wasn’t going to happen, not in the way I wanted. And I was right. It took a late night drive after a long rehearsal for the opening words to pop into my head. From there, everything fell into place. That was about 1.5-2 years after the initial concept web/family tree. Years. Of hard character building, world crafting work. I was just very hush-hush about it. Tentative. At least until I knew it would take.
So when people have begun asking for a sequel? Well….
Sitting down to the write the sequel? Let’s just say that it’s following in the footsteps of its predecessor. I, naively, thought that since this world was built, the characters created, and the pivotal moments conceived, that I’d have it. Naive. But… This is the first sequel I’ve ever written and I suppose I should give myself some space for that…still… when people ask about how soon that sequel is going to come out, I have to be honest and say: soon, but not this year.
I want to do it sooner, but that’s not how this one wants to work. Now, I can say that I’m working on novellas, and I had a fun concept to do short, 1000 word one-shots of different moments, characters, etc. to keep the juices flowing. Maybe post them on WordPress and later compile them. It might yield the sequel. Or not.
Granted… that paranormal fantasy I keep working on? That’s not going away any time soon. I’m actually excited with my own patience with letting this one un-fold.