Anyone remember The Velveteen Rabbit? It has a subtitle: Or, How Toys Become Real.
SPOILER ALERT: Toys become real when a child loves them without question.
Which is my round-about way of describing one of the most exciting moments for a writer–that moment when her books become "real" to readers.
I love it when I get a note or message from a reader asking about future books. While writing, the characters and their situations feel very real to me, and it’s lovely to know a reader cares enough to wonder about the people in my books.
The big dilemma for me is that I get a lot of questions about this. I wish I could reply to each one individually, but that means taking time away from writing, which is my job, so I have to focus on that before everything else. So here in this post is my all-purpose explanation to questions about Bella Vista, Lakeshore, and recipes–by far my most frequently-asked questions!
What’s next for the Bella Vista Chronicles?
Readers of The Apple Orchard and The Beekeeper’s Ball know there’s more to the story. Even though the books are meant to be read and enjoyed in any order, sharp-eyed fans noticed that there is an intriguing question about Erik Johansen. Is he gone for good, or did he disappear again? And what about that baby?
Short answer: YES. There is more to the story. There’s enough to write a third novel in this lush, romantic setting.
Long answer: The book isn’t written yet. Thanks to the vagaries of the publishing world, my books are being released by a new publisher. And my current contract with HarperCollins is for stand-alone novels unrelated to Bella Vista or Lakeshore. But that doesn’t mean we’ll never get that third Bella Vista novel! I just can’t say when. Watch this space for announcements.
But here’s a bit of good news–The Apple Orchard is going to be a movie!
What’s next in the Lakeshore Chronicles?
Fans of the Bellamy family and Willow Lake–that oh-so-nostalgic setting–know the drama never ends in the charming Catskills town of Avalon. Even after eleven-and-a-half books in the series, there are more stories to tell.
But as I said above, my current contract with HarperCollins is for stand-alone novels. But that doesn’t mean we’ll never get more Lakeshore Chronicles. I still dream about Ivy and Adam and Suzanne and Max (after he’s grown) and a whole new generation of Bellamys. So again, watch this space for announcements, or join me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Instagram, or Pinterest.
Where can I find the recipes featured in your books?
Most of them are right here on my site! Yay for my web designer! Also, I collect other recipes on my Pinterest board. Check out The Key Ingredient, The Sky River Bakery, and The Bella Vista Culinary School.
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