Once more unto the breach:
the art of writing sequels
Coming back to write a sequel – is it returning to the field of victory or to the scene of the crime? Will you build upon what you've done already, or spoil a good thing because you can't let go of your creation? Will you write The Empire Strikes Back, or The Matrix Reloaded?
For me, there was never any doubt about writing a sequel to The Last King of Lydia – I originally tried to write the whole thing as one book, until I realised (with some kindly persuasion from my agent) that it was simply too big a story to work as a single book. Whilst I was proud of the ending of the first one, from the very beginning of the project I knew what the real ending was, and had to be. And I knew that it would take a whole other book to get there.
I soon discovered that there are things best kept in mind when working on a sequel:
Remember Your Three Kinds of Readers