First, an announcement: I've decided on a title for the sequel. It's going to be Resurgence.
I'm working on the sequel, and it's going to be so much more intense and emotional than the first. The first, in hindsight, was really just setting the stage for the series. In the sequel, there is a deplorable, absolutely horrible thing that happens to one of my characters. I debated for a long time, and spoke to several people about it, before I decided to actually do this thing in the novel.
Back to the dream... last night, I dreamt about this character whom something terrible happens to. This character was very sad, very hurt, and couldn't understand why this terrible thing had to happen. I held this character in my arms and comforted them as they sobbed. I told them they would be alright, and that times may seem hard right now, but they would get better in the future.
I promised my character that life would go on for them, and that it would, eventually, be great. I think, inadvertently, that I have (unofficially) committed to continuing the series for as long as the story keeps going. It may end after three books, it may end after twelve. We'll see. All I know right now is that my character is having a hard time understanding why this terrible thing had to happen to them, so I must continue on with the story until things get better for that character. It could take a while- there's a lot more hell they'll have to go to before they start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
The story must go on.
I'm doing a giveaway, so pass along the word. You could win autographed copies of Silence of Souls AND Resurgence!