One of the cool things about having written for so many things that have cult followings – from STAR TREK – THE NEXT GENERATION to SLIDERS to TWILIGHT ZONE to BABYLON 5 to FRIDAY THE 13TH – THE SERIES to SMURFS, HE-MAN, REAL GHOSTBUSTERS, CAPTAIN POWER, you name it – is that on any given day you’re likely to get fan mail on pretty much anything you’ve ever writen for the last thirty years.
Today was particularly gratifying as I got a very nice email about my MAGIC TIME series of books, in which all the machines in the world stop running and magic comes back. Here’s the message I got and the reply I wrote, plus an original unpublished illustration from MAGIC TIME by STAR WARS artist Iain McCaig.
First allow me to say that I am a recent reader and die hard fan of your Magic Time Trilogy. I absolutely loved it, I literally closed the first book, and then rushed to get the second book. Truly amazing. I was wondering if there is a possibility of writing a sequel trilogy. Its been a few years since you finished the Trilogy, but I see how you left the ending open with the Sanrio story.
As a person who spends many hours reading various books, I understand that one of the most never ending things is a readers insatiable hunger for information and continuation in a story, so I figure that’s probably what prompts me to write you this letter.
I hope everything finds you well, and again, I loved your series
Sincerely, A big fan
Thanks so much, James.
We recently recorded the MAGIC TIME radio play, which I think you’ll
enjoy, and are now working with the folks running GHOST WHISPERER on
the forthcoming MAGIC TIME web and TV series.
At some point in the near future, I’ll write the fourth book, MAGIC
TIME — PARADISE ROAD, in which Cal, Colleen, Goldie, Doc, Tina,
Shango, Inigo and Lady Blade reach the Pacific Coast in search of
Sanrio and the very strange boy he’s hunting down. This book will
take place in Los Angeles, the Bay area, Seattle and points north.
Thanks again for the kind words. It’s a wonderful universe to play in.