Logans FireThe 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 22 years old. E-books didn’t exist when this novel first came out, and the audio version was on cassette tape. The book has been out of print for at least 15 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 different 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 even dug out my old contract to see what I needed to do to get my rights back. I sent the appropriate paperwork, waiting the set amount of time that I needed to see if the publisher wanted to bring it back into print, and now the rights are mine once more.

Now, the question I ask myself is when do I have the time to introduce a third pen name because that’s what I would need to do for this series. It doesn’t fit under books I write as either James Rada, Jr. or J. R. Rada. Establishing a new persona takes time, and I haven’t gotten my J. R. Rada books to a comfortable sales level yet.

This old wannabe series will see the light of day again.

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