One reason interactive serialized fiction is so fun is because readers influence every installment of the story. Readers have opportunities to do this in several ways. They might send me a quick note letting me know what they like and dislike so far. They might participate in a survey about a developing character. They might vote on an important detail. And, always, readers are right there with me in that special place where real life inspires fiction.
While reading Part Two, watch for these places where real life inspired fiction.
Readers return to Reclamation Island.
Did you know Allison Theodore first appeared to readers not on Wren Island, but on Reclamation Island? In this installment, Allison visits Reclamation Island again.
Allison Theodore reaches a tipping point.
After Part One, some readers voiced concern that Allison, living under increasing pressure, might do something drastic. One reader suggested Allison might be tempted to leave the house to the aunts and join the commune. Another reader suggested Allison might take one look at Aunt Shasta’s Green Bay Packers cheesehead and “quietly go nuts.” Watch for these ideas to play out.
A nautically appropriate phrase edges out the competition.
In Part One, Allison wondered about the phrase all systems go. Did people use it in reference to boating?
One reader said that all systems go is commonly used in aviation and suggested shipshape and Bristol fashion as a nautical equivalent. So I did a little research. Shipshape and Bristol fashion means neatly organized and properly arranged. It originated in the early 1800s, when Bristol Harbor’s tidal range fluctuated 30 feet. In a receding tide, ships would run aground and fall to one side, spilling cargo that had not been properly stored.
I can’t wait to see Allison’s eyes light up when she hears this. The only problem is, every time I think it’s a good time to mention it, something else comes up …
Readers determine the direction of Allison’s love life.
Remember Virgil? The grocery store owner who (according to Allison) likes to ask questions? Virgil could be a possible love interest, right? And in Part Two, someone related to Ralph will drop in on Wren. The new guy is exactly Allison’s age (according to Shasta) and perfect for Allison (also according to Shasta).
But are we comfortable trusting flirty Shasta’s ideas?
Macy thinks Allison has enough going on in her life already and doesn’t need a romantic complication. Amelia, dear Aunt Amelia, is quietly watching and wondering.
So I invited readers to vote.
- Option 1: Do either of these guys have cute friends? (Asking for Aunt Shasta.)
- Option 2: Aunt Macy’s right (again). Allison has enough going on already.
- Option 3: Surprise me. I’ll be on the beach collecting shells with Aunt Amelia.
In Part Two (and future parts), find out how Allison’s love life develops.
The suspense builds—Wren Island style.
A couple of scenes in Part Two might up your heart rate. But are you going to worry something awful (horribly awful!) is happening? No. This is Wren Island, for goodness’ sake! You’re safe here.
Part Two of The Wren Island Series was released on March 20, 2023. The next installment will be released on June 21, 2023.
Readers directly influence this story in real time. It’s easy and fun to catch up. It’s totally free, too! When you subscribe to receive my emails, you’ll receive a link to the parts that have already been released. Then, watch your inbox for behind-the-scenes updates and opportunities to influence what happens next!