Anonymous asked: Hi! Just out of curiosity: while writing a sequel, did you ever regret something you wrote in the previous book because it caused problems you struggled to resolve in the next one? (Adeline C.)
Yes. A million times yes!
Over time, I have learned to put only things that NEED to be in book one in book one, because a throwaway line that doesn’t really need to be there, or a random world-building choice that you put in because it “seemed cool” can really come back to bite you later!
For example, in the Raised By Wolves series, it was established in the first book that werewolves can smell lies. That played almost no role in book one, but then I got to book two, which is all about deception and trickery and political maneuvering in the werewolf world… all of which was made a million times harder by the fact that no werewolf could lie in the presence of another werewolf without everyone knowing they were lying. I’m not sure I *regret* the choice, because I like the challenges it made for book two, but I certainly didn’t anticipate them when I made that rule in the first book.