I just finished writing Chapter 20 of Return to Canterbury, the sequel to The Christmas Village, and you won't believe what just happened - in the story, I mean! WOW! I did not see that coming! Hope you'll be surprised too when you read it! This puts me at about the half-way mark, maybe a little more, and right on schedule for where I'd hoped to be by the end of March.
Sequels can be tricky business, because you want them to be just as good - or better than - the first book. But they also have to be different!
The Christmas Village contained everything I'd ever held dear about childhood Christmases and the love of family and friends, as well as the accumulated inspiration of all the books I'd cherished as a child. And of course with the backdrop of Christmastime, it had a strong holiday feeling and nostalgic pull. But if you've read The Christmas Village, you know that it's also a suspense-filled adventure with many twists and lots of surprises! And, of course, one teeny-weeny little unsolved mystery ....
Return to Canterbury doesn't take place at Christmas, but there is quite an adventure afoot, and already a few surprises. And if you were hoping that we'd solve that teeny-weeny little unsolved mystery left over from The Christmas Village, well, so was I! I don't think you'll be disappointed on that score.
So, my hope is that, in Return to Canterbury, I'm carrying forward the elements that readers loved in The Christmas Village - a good story, excitement, suspense, and characters that feel like friends in a place we don't want to leave - into a new and equally exciting roller-coaster ride of a tale with just as many surprises and a satisfying resolution.
It feels good to be cookin' with gas on the writing front again, my friends!
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