by Anna Bell
What do you do when you’re midway through a book series, but you don’t have the time to finish it? Do you abandon the series unfinished, or do you release it when you can – believing that it’s better late than never? Well folks, that’s my current dilemma.
When I originally wrote Millie and the American Wedding, it was a stand-alone book, or at least that’s what I thought. I’d written an epilogue and thought that was the end. Only, it’s always been a book that has had a life of its own. I released it as an eBook on Amazon, and it ended up doing really well. To date it has sold over 40,000 copies and had over a million reads on Wattpad. Readers kept emailing telling me that they couldn’t believe the ending and saying that it was begging for a sequel. The more people that mentioned it, the more I started to wonder what would happen next.
Only in my head, once I started thinking what happened next, I couldn’t help thinking that readers needed to know what had happened in the very beginning. I wrote the prequel – Millie and the American University – to show where the main characters had met and fallen in love originally. It was only then that I felt ready to write the sequel, Millie and the American Proposal, to reunite my main characters, five years on from the wedding. But it still didn’t feel like the end. I felt Millie deserved her own wedding – a British one.