Now that Josie James and The Teardrops of Summer has been released I find myself constantly thinking about the next books and adventures that Josie will be going on and how to keep them fresh and exciting.
Book two in the series entitled Josie James and The Velvet Knife is already written and due to be published in spring 2019. Here we follow Josie as she returns to Suncroft where a hooded man has appeared in the village. He leaves a number of clues for Josie and her friends to solve but who is and what does he want?
Writing the second book was amazing. I really enjoyed re-visiting the characters and getting to know them a little better. I was able to develop them more as they had already been introduced in book one. New characters arrive in book two and we also get to delve into The Dream Maker’s personality a little more, something which we didn’t do in book one.
I have also made the Huskies a much bigger part of the story in book two and future books. I purposeful kept the focus on Josie in book one as it was setting the scene and was more about getting to know the basic things that were going on for her and Suncroft.
As we progress through the books, the stories and characters will grow and develop too.
I have just started to write the third in the series which will be called Josie James and The Trial of Ages. Josie is almost sixteen and for those that have read book one you will know that when she reaches sixteen she has to undergo a trial. No one knows what this trial entails as it is completely unknown, all they know is that only ‘The Chosen One’ will be able to complete it.
This will be the ultimate test for Josie because after this her identity will no longer be a secret in Suncroft. At the moment she visits as Hannah Flynn’s cousin but after The Trial, if she succeeds of course, she will have proven herself. This is going to mean big changes for her and the characters that have protected her but for me as the writer it gives me far more scope for the stories.
Book four is currently named Josie James and The Heir of Shadowside and book five is Josie James and The Caves of Conri. I can’t really give much information on these two books as it would spoil the surprises. Needless to say, Josie’s adventures will continue and a whole new world will open up before her.
But is she going to be able to lift the curse from Suncroft? Will the village ever see sunlight again or are they doomed to live forever in a cold winter’s night? I can’t wait to share all the answers and more with you. I’m off now to carry on with book three. Josie is off to prom but it’s surely not going to be that easy is it?
Josie James and the Teardrops of Summer
Josie James is an ordinary 13 year old until something extraordinary happens during her summer holidays. Whist staying at her Great Grandmother’s cottage in the country she finds herself swept into the cursed world of Suncroft where it is perpetual winter. Her new friends believe she could be the Chosen One who it is foretold will lift the curse, but there are more pressing matters. The Teardrops of Summer – magical crystals that render the owner immortal – have been stolen. Along with her telepathic husky-dog Protector Asher and her new friends, Josie must race to find the Teardrops and prevent catastrophe for their world.
Lily Mae Walters chose her pen name in honour of her beloved grandparents who also stare in the Josie James series. She is married with two teenage children, and two huskies that are the inspiration behind Murphy and Asher in the books. Lily Mae lives in Nuneaton, England and finds herself using local places and even her old school in her stories. Family and friends mean the world to Lily Mae and many will find themselves popping up throughout the series. Lily Mae also writes for adults under the name of Florence Keeling.
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