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Thursday, October 25, 2012

More Author Insight: Sequel Stand-In

If you had to let another author step in for you and write a sequel or companion novel, who would you chose to delve into your fictional world?

"I’d ask Margaret Mitchell (Gone with the Wind), because she did character, drama, romance, and world building like no one else." - Sara Walsh, author of The Dark Light.

"Phillip Reeve of Larklight and Mortal Engines fame. In fact, he could just write all my books for me if he wanted to." - Stefan Bachmann, author of The Peculiar.

"Someone who turns fantasy into poetry, someone whose very words conjure magic. I would choose a writer of magic realism, like Alice Hoffman or Toni Morrison. It would end up a very different novel from the ones I’ve written, but I think it would be beautiful." - Robin Bridges, author of The Unfailing Light.

"That’s such a crazy question! And yet, I know the answer. Andrew Smith. Why? Because he thinks outside the box, doesn’t hold back for anyone’s sake and writes damn great books." - A.S. King, author of Ask the Passengers.

"Well, my editor at Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, Brendan Deneen, is the person who knows the Tempest Series the best besides me and he’s also a writer on the side so I’d have to pick him. It really is a very complex series and Brendan has been invested since day one when we were just developing the story so I just don’t think anyone else could finish it." - Julie Cross, author of Tempest and Vortex.

"I’d pick someone hugely successful and famous, but someone with the same voice and writing style as my own. For middle grade, it’s an easy pick for me: Rick Riordan. For young adult, it’s a bit harder. There are so many authors and books I love, but I’ve yet to find the exact person who’d be the right fit." - P.J. Hoover, author of Solstice.

"Among my (kind of) peers, I would love to see John Green write Sydney’s (Bryce’s sister) story. His characters have such strong, real voices." - Lara Avery, author of Anything But Ordinary.

"What? That's crazy! I guess you're asking, 'Who is the literary god-father to your books?' Well, if I died and someone had to take over my books, I would probably choose Pseudonymous Bosch. Sometimes kids think I'm Pseudy, because we have a fairly similar voice. Why are we discussing about such dark scenarios?" - Adam Gidwitz, author of In a Glass Grimmly.

"Well, since I can’t have Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte (for obvious reasons), I would only let Ruta Sepetys (Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy) do such a thing. She knows me and my writing so well, I think she could come very close to writing what I would have, anyway. And even if she didn’t, she’d do it amazingly well." - Sharon Cameron, author of The Dark Unwinding.

"Give me JK Rowling, please! I'd love to sell a few million copies." - Suzanne Selfors, author of The Sweetest Spell.

"I'm such a huge fan of Holly Black that I immediately thought of her. I'm sure she would do a bang-up job -- probably even better than what I could do!" - Malinda Lo, author of Adaptation

Stop by next week to learn the authors views on self-publishing and if they'd ever consider it. 


  1. I love this question Susan! I haven't written a book, but I have to say I wouldn't mind in the least if JK Rowling were to take over a book I'd started. That would be amazing. Can you imagine?

    Also, my love for you has grown exponentially overnight. Like a chia pet that's been watered. You're welcome.