Underground Updates

At the end of Reintegration, I revealed the title of the Coming-Soon-Book-2.


Really, I should retitle it Ashley Has No Clue What She’s Doing. Because writing a sequel is tough. Reintegration was one of the easiest things I’ve ever written. Underground is a problem child. A lot of this stems from the fact that writing a sequel is an entirely different process than writing a stand-alone or a first book.

Sequels are a bit harder than first books because it’s all about balance. Balancing consistency with Book 1 and creating something fresh. Balancing introducing new characters and continuing to develop old ones. Balancing giving readers what they expect and sticking with my original story plan. Balancing what feedback to use from positive reviews and what feedback to use from negative reviews. Balancing providing recap of previous events and keeping the current story moving.

Too much balancing for a clumsy person like me, in my opinion. 🙂

It is a nice challenge, though. Underground has really forced me to build a deeper story than ReintegrationAs of right now, I’m almost 50,000 words in. Even though it’s giving me some troubles, I’m super excited about the story that’s unfolding for Katherine and the other characters. Underground is a little more exciting than Reintegration. The stakes are higher. There’s quite a few surprises. And I’m setting up for a twisty ending that leads into Book 3.

I’m hoping to share an official summary soon.

Sadly, my weekly writing time has drastically been reduced due to a lovely thing called homework. I’m dying to make progress on Underground, but speech outlines and algebra quizzes and lengthy textbook readings keep interfering. 😉

A sincere “thank you” to everyone who has read/reviewed Reintegration. Your kind and thoughtful comments always make me that much more excited to get back to work on Underground. 

I’ll continue to post updates on how Underground‘s progress is going.

Your turn:

Writers, what does your sequel-writing process look like?

Readers, what do you look for in a sequel? 


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  1. I can’t wait for Underground to come out! Sounds like you are making good progress. Look forward to reading the summary😀

  2. I am looking forward to that “twisty ending that leads into Book 3!” Sounds like your creativity has already fleshed out that plot! But I am sure that you keep running into blending “walls” trying to retain the previous, but have it flow into the new book. Good luck! Maybe semester break or next summer will lend to more writing time.

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