We’re so pleased to have author RJ Scott dropping by today to help us celebrate our 5th Blogiversary! She’s here to answer one of her most asked questions, and is also offering the chance for one lucky reader to win a $20 Gift Card at Amazon or All Romance eBooks.
Congratulations to The Novel Approach. You gave me my first ever review back in 2010 on Oracle, my first ever published book. I will always love you for that.
*hugs and love for what you do for authors everywhere*
And now to the post. I didn’t know exactly what to write for this post. Everyone who knows me, or can see my books, knows that I love Christmas. I actually have so many stories revolving around Christmas or the season that it is unreal.
I asked what I should write about and Lisa at TNA came back to me saying that she was aware one of the questions I was most frequently asked is if I’ll ever write a sequel to The Christmas Throwaway. She also pointed out that she knew I’d been asked that a lot of times. I have. And I have wavered over this so very often.
The Christmas Throwaway was originally written as a short Christmas fan fiction for a friend who was poorly, and it started life as *The Christmas Miracle*. Then I rewrote the whole thing, added thousands of words and suddenly The Christmas Throwaway was born.
Essentially it is the story of Zach, thrown out of his house by his former soldier father, when he was 17 after refusing to attend a camp to *cure* his being gay. He finds himself on the streets on Christmas Eve, and ends up sleeping on a bench behind the church, a stone’s throw away from everyone else’s beautiful Christmases. I think in my heart that he may not have lasted until morning, the cold was in his bones, and he was running an infection. He was utterly lost and alone, and he was going to die in the middle of a town he didn’t even know the name of.
And then, he is found. Ben, a rookie cop, in a small town, finds him.
It’s the story of one man’s compassion and love that makes this story a Christmas miracle.
And the way it ends, with a happy ever after, absolute hope for the future and the promise of tomorrows, is exactly where it should end. Most of the time, some 99% of the time, I am utterly convinced there will be no sequel. I don’t think I could ever match up to what proved to become a best seller in 2010, and which consistently sells, even in July!
I actually have a story for the sequel, in my head, but to write it would be a huge responsibility.
This story was a perfect miracle for Zach, and at the same time it was a miracle for me. Because… it made my name I guess, and following it up with my Texas book, and then Sanctuary, gave me a platform to become a full time writer. Throwaway is my baby, and if I could bottle whatever resonates in that book and put it in all my books I’d be a very happy writer!
I’ve had so much love for this book from readers. So much love. And then the 1% that tells me that I should write a sequel rears up and abruptly I am considering writing a sequel.
And then I realize, it should be left alone, and not be ruined by another story.
This is so hard!
Happy Christmas and Season’s Greetings to everyone, I hope you have a wonderful break, and I will see you in the New Year (with more Montana, Sanctuary, Legacy and a brand new MM Hockey series!).
KISSES, RJ X