I frequently get requests from my readers that read “Will you do a sequel to….”
I take this as a positive response as it suggests that the reader has taken the characters to heart and desires more of them. So, first, thank you.
Beyond the Western Sea, though written as one book, was divided and published as two. I was asked by a publisher to do a sequel. I said yes, but then could not recapture the voice.
When I wrote the Poppy series I had no intention of writing a series. It just grew into one. While I loved writing the characters, six books seem to be enough.
The Crispin books, however, from the beginning, were imagined as a four-part series. The editor did not want that fourth book. Still, someday I would like to write the concluding fourth volume.
And I wish that Beyond the Western Sea had been published as one book.
At the moment I am currently writing a book which has been conceived as having a sequel.
Speaking for myself, I can only write a sequel if I feel deeply enough about the characters to write more about them. There are times I think I’ve explored a given character or characters enough, and generally speaking, I am much more interested in characters than plot. To go on feels as if I’m just repeating myself.
In short, thank you for suggesting I write a sequel. I won’t say never, but the likelihood is, if I’m not already doing it, I won’t.