Hey, guess what? FORGOTTEN has been out for two months now! It’s like time was stuck in amber when I was waiting for the book to launch, and now I blink and three days rush by. (And yes, “amber” was a reference to Fringe. I’m obsessed. What?) One of the things that occupies a lot of my time since the book launched is answering notes from readers. I begin each day by looking through comments, posts, tweets and emails, and I really try to respond in a timely fashion. The notes have made me laugh and cry (in a good way); reading them is such a special part of my morning. There is, of course, the question that I get asked a lot. You know, The Question. It’s dressed in black, lurking in the shadows, ready to jump out at me when I least expect it. “CAT, ARE YOU WRITING A SEQUEL TO FORGOTTEN?” (Eek!) I know, I know. You think it needs one. You think the book’s unfinished. You NEED to know what happens. But let me explain myself a bit. I’m not planning on writing a sequel to FORGOTTEN, not because I forgot how to write, and not because I’m lazy. (And not because I’m afraid of my overuse of the word “not,” which, in fact, I am.) Writing the first few drafts, I thought FORGOTTEN would be a series. But that was before I found The Ending. I was so happy the day when it all clicked into place–when finally I figured out how to leave London’s world in a satisfying way. It felt like a break in a rainstorm, only not that because I happen to like rainstorms. Here’s the thing: I get it. I get loving a book and wanting more, more, more. I do it, too! But to be honest, I’m not sure every book needs more, more, more. Here’s why I think FORGOTTEN works as a standalone: Simply put, the ending suits the story. Like London’s future, the ending isn’t set in stone; like London’s outlook, the ending is hopeful. I like that it isn’t tied up with a shiny red or any other color bow. Cause I’ve never really been a bow person. And when it comes down to it, I like that my book lets people go bow-less. I like that FORGOTTEN lets you use your imagination. So there it is: my answer to The Question. I hope I’ve clarified things, and if not, I’ll add that just because I’m not planning on a sequel doesn’t mean I’m not writing. I’ll announce details about my second book in the next month or so. My third is with my agent. My fourth is halfway finished. My fifth is (still) eight pages long. I’ll keep writing if you keep getting in touch, and I’ll even gladly take The Question even though it’s so dark and lurky. Because what it means to me is that you read my book. What it means to me is that you enjoyed my book enough to give up some of your precious free time to write to me and ask for more, more, more. Even though I hate to say “no,” I do hope you like what’s next. And ultimately, fingers crossed that you’ll ask The Question about that one, too.