One Author's Life: A Personal Blog
September 20, 2013
The magical word "sequel" was first mentioned by an editor at Simon & Schuster last fall, a mere three weeks after Miss Dreamsville and the Collier County Women's Literary Society arrived at book stores. This was a good sign because it meant the pre-sales and early sales figures were very strong. I was just starting my book tour, however, and trying to cope with a tragic death in my family. I didn't even want to hear the word "sequel." The word kept coming up again and again during the winter and spring. Finally, my writer's instincts took over and I started puttering around with ideas. Miss Dreamsville, which was inspired by a real person, is about a middle-aged woman who turns the sleepy Southern town of Naples, Florida upside-down when she arrives with her family from Boston in 1962. The sequel, Good Night Peggy Sue, Wherever You Are, will feature the same delicious characters, plus a few new ones. The storyline will pick up one year after Miss Dreamsville ends. I've got a good start on it already and I must say, it's awfully nice to spend time in Dreamsville again with my beloved characters. I never know what they're going to do next.
October 5, 2013 12:57 PM EDTCongratulations on signing the contract for your new sequel! The ladies in the many book clubs in Naples will really look forward to another fun book from you. Our Stonebridge Book Club members will have an added treat when you join us in March. We're looking forward to hearing you tell us about your books.
October 5, 2013 2:03 PM EDTDear Janice, I am looking forward to meeting all of you next March! We will have a grand time, I'm sure! All best,