It all started when I decided to write my first book. Why not write a short piece to whet reader's appetite and leave them wanting more. When I approached the critique group I'd joined, they said that a prequel was not a good practice and I'd have a hard time getting published. I hadn't yet decided on self-publishing and so put the thought of a prequel aside.
Fast forward two years. This last winter, while waiting for my grandson to be released from school, I sat reading Writer's Digest for Self-Publishing. There was an interview with a newish author who I instantly identified with. Now I know that authors receive many requests and questions so I hesitated to contact her, but the urge was so strong that I eventually gave in. She not only read my e-mail, but responded quickly giving many points to ponder including writing a prequel. Now, this author has only been published for three years and is raking in six figures a year so I paid attention.
So, here I sit thinking, brainstorming, pondering questions of why would this or that happen. What is this character feeling? Why is she feeling that way? What would someone her age be thinking?...the list goes on because as soon as one is answered, another one creeps into my thoughts.
Will I or won't I write the prequel? Probably, since the self-publishing movement is still in its infancy there is not a right or wrong way to do things, just data to be collected. So, I'll take the scientific approach and look at the available data, devise a hypothesis, and devise an experiment.
My only worry is that you don't get a second chance to make a first impression so everything needs to line up and flow well or I won't publish it.
Life is good!