I get numerous messages asking when is the next book? Can you tell us how the characters are doing? Are they going to have any children? And for years I wondered why do readers care so much? In fact, why won’t they just let me write a new book with new characters and a brand new story. But then I started watching series on television such as The Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black ,and Sons of Anarchy, and I gasped, “Oh my God! Now I know.” I now understand why audiences love series so much.
It’s because the characters become a part of your life. Every week you’re looking forward to the next episode, just like every year readers are looking for the next book just so they can read what their favorite characters are doing with their lives. We fall in love with their personalities, the towns that they live in, and the people they associate with. Their life becomes our lives.
So now that I’m watching series, I finally understand why my readers are sorry for the book to end. I can understand the sorrow. No one wants to see your book end or a series to end. I remember finishing Sons of Anarchy. I was crying because it was time to say goodbye and I wasn’t ready. Hell, I probably would have never grown tired. Because it’s like you’re saying goodbye to piece of your own life and it’s just not something easy to do. As a reader I hate for a book to end so I start reading slower as I get closer to the last chapter, trying to make it last as long as possible. As a writer, having a reader sad to say goodbye means I have done my job.
I was getting ready to write a new novella when readers asked for Mackenzie’s story. Mackenzie? Who is Mackenzie? But I remembered introduced her in Time for Pleasure and she appeared again in Claiming What’s Mine. The barmaid at Spanky’s Bar & Grill. A hangout spot that started in the Beaumont series and has continued in all of my Sheraton Beach Briefs. I decided to give her more of a voice and a story and created the second book of The Pleasure Series. I hope it quenches your thirst for more, more, and more.