I wrote “Waking Amy” and sent it out to agents and publishers for a contract. When I decided on the one I now have, the letter of acceptance included a suggestion of more titles in the series. What? I ended the story, I thought. What other titles? There were none. Amy, as far as I was concerned, was off doing whatever she was doing. I had put a period to the end of her book existence. Then I let someone read it. And she said the same thing…what next? I had to think about that.
With Bridget Jones Diary coming out with the third installment, I knew it made sense. I wanted to see what happened after the last page on that first book. Was Bridget going to truly have a happily ever after with Mark Darcy? I would like to know. Same with Amy. Sure, I ended the story, but there was so much more to Amy’s story. Like Bridget with Mark, would Amy continue with her Mark Darcy? How would life find her next year?
I had so much fun continuing Amy’s story. Who doesn’t love mini-series on television, anyway? The Thorn Birds for one was awesome. And shows like The Practice, or Nashville…if you wanted to you could continue all the books that were written as a standalone. It just takes a stretch of the imagination.
I’m looking forward to Bridget’s third installment. A baby? I’m not sure what Amy’s third sequel will bring, but for now I’ve got her settled in book two, “Leaving Amy.” I hope everyone who reads it will enjoy it as much I enjoyed writing it. It was great pushing my original thought of ‘The End’ to the limits:)