The other day I got an e-mail from a woman whose granddaughter had just finished reading my first novel, Logan’s Fire. It was a YA novel published in 1996 so it’s 18 years old. The book has been out of print for at least 10 years. It was nice to be reminded that copies of the book are still out there in libraries, on eBay and on Amazon.com.
The fact that the grandmother said her granddaughter loved the book and wanted to read more let me know that the story of a young man dealing with the consequences of setting a poor example for his younger sister still holds up and can interest a new generation of teens.
What makes me sad is that I always wanted to turn the book into a series featuring the three men who help the young teens. It would have been along the lines of the old “Highway to Heaven” television series with a teen focus and differing time periods.
I tried. I really tried. I wrote about half a dozen follow-up novels. I agreed to keep the series focused on the present day. However, I couldn’t get it past a committee that needed to be in unanimous agreement on a new book. It really irked me when only one person on the committee said “no” for a lame reason.
So the series fizzled and I moved onto other genres. However, in today’s world of small presses and self-publishing, I’ve been thinking about doing the series myself. Heck, I’ve already got six books that just need re-editing and updating. I should even be able to reclaim the rights to my first book since it has gone out of print.
That series may still see the light of day yet and go on to entertain a different generation of teens.
Here’s the original guest blog for the Washington Independent Review of Books.