Keep Coming Back

So far in my author life, I have self-published a single (Whatever you Make of It), a double (Arianna's Honor and Arianna's Destiny), another double (Broken Trust and  Redeeming Trust), and a trilogy (Lucky Charms: First Down, Stealing Second, and Hat Trick). I have potential ideas for a 2nd Whatever, a 3rd Arianna and a 4th Lucky Charms: Quarterfinals. I don't currently have any ideas for a 3rd in the Trust books, though I cannot imagine my time with Sam and Ali is really done.

One one hand, I love these characters--I know them and love them, in fact have known and loved them for years now. They are my friends, and now that they are published, they are my readers' friends as well. People have asked me for more. More Jac and Jyn (Whatever), more Ari, more Sam and Ali, more Lilly and the Lucky Charms crew. I love that they want more. I love that my characters have become real to my readers...and that my readers want more. I want to give them more, because that means I get to play with my old friends more.

On the other hand, there is this...

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And if I keep revisiting old friends, how will I ever make progress with new friends? It's the same as going back to the same ex...the same memories...rather than starting over with something new. There is comfort in the familiar, but there is also the promise of something you have never experienced before...