In my eyes, at least, the story of The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is about how a young woman achieves the ability to think for herself, become truly independent, and do as she chooses. Thus, at the end of the book, she leaves her past life altogether, returns to The Seahawk and heads for an unknown life and adventure.
The last lines of the book are: “Something Zachariah told me filled my mind and excited my heart: `A sailor,’ he said, ‘chooses the wind that takes the ship from safe port … but winds have a mind of their own.’”
I hope readers who identify with Charlotte can decide what might happen to her.
If I, as author, said what happened, it would, I think, diminish what the reader might imagine.
I won’t do that. Therefore, no sequel.
Would you like one of your books to become a movie?
That’s relevant here because the only book of mine that has come close to filmdom is The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.
Would I like it to be turned into film? A good film, yes, not a bad one. Mind, Hollywood does not have a positive reputation for turning good books into good movies. Moreover, when an author agrees to the making of a film he/she loses almost all control as to how the film is made.
But a film would bring more readers to the book, which I would like.
As I write this, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle is under option to be made into a film. That is, a producer has bought the contractual right to make the book into a movie. He has committed to making a good movie. But that option will soon expire. Will the film be made? The truth is, I have no idea.
But wait—here is a quirky fact. When an option contract is agreed upon, the would-be producer gains the right, if a film is made, to do a sequel. But that sequel (see above) would not be written by me.