So, Wolfsong’s had a long life. From being created from the depths of my teenage brain in 2005, to a full-scale rewrite in 2011, to publication that same year, this novel’s been with me a long time. When I first wrote it, I’d planned on a sequel focusing on Kia’s future children, set apart from the first book but still connected. I never wrote it. I gave up writing for awhile, but when I came back, I didn’t want the “stale” old idea, I wanted something new and shiny. So Wolfsong #2 became put on hold. With each book over the years, I learned, with each book I grew. I’m a completely different writer than the girl I was in 2005. Even now, the Wolfsong everyone can read is hugely different than the first one I wrote. I guess we both grew up.
Anyway. After 2011’s rewrite, I pondered a trilogy. I loved the cast of characters and the world, so I thought about it long and hard. And decided that the story I was meant to tell–Kia and Arii’s story–could really go no further. Part of it, admittedly, was the fact that I’ve always thought of myself as a ‘stand-alone’ novel person vs. a ‘series’ person and that by admitting I could and would do a series? That scared me.
In March of 2012, Wolfsong went live on Wattpad, part of their Writer’s Partnership Program. And with every day, the amount of reads, comments, and fans went up–and they all agreed on one thing: They wanted a sequel.
My knee jerk reaction was no: I’d told Kia and Arii’s story the way it felt it needed to be told. Sure, I had a couple of ideas for a second book…but I didn’t feel qualified. The whole “not a series person” hit me hard. The “what ifs” tried to take over.
It took a bit of poking and prodding from some of my closest friends (as well as most, if not all, of my fans <3). But I’ve decided on three books: The Otherside Trilogy. Instead of following the same main characters for each book, I’m breaking away from the norm. I’m staying in Wolfsong’s world, but switching it up. Wolfspirit, which is Otherside #2, will be Kia’s sister Shae’s novel. The third is undecided as of yet.
I’ll have a page when I come up with the summary and will cover-reveal when I have the page 🙂 But I’m writing again! Just thought you all should know 🙂