I'm still so overwhelmed by the comments, emails and tweets I'm getting in support of this project! Thanks to everyone who took the time out to come by and read and especially those of you who commented. I treasure each and every one of them.
There were some great comments on the two Prequel posts and I wanted to give you all a little feedback based on them!
In Reaction to the First Prequel: A Decision
KaelynSue said: I think it's nice that we get to see a Libby who is...less sure of herself. One who hasn't spent years at OBX and who doesn't yet look at it as a second home.
Libby is one of the most complex characters in the GSM universe. She's incredibly confident when it comes to her abilities, but that wasn't an easy journey for her! Also, tennis is one thing, the one place she's totally sure of herself, but she's got a long way to go when it comes to living life and building relationships!
Nickz said: I like how you make the Harrison family works, they all include everybody and that is rare in families like this one most of the time the parents and the athletes would just jump the opportunity regardless of the consequences but the Harrison family everybody has a say and everybody is taken care of and I like that and I can't wait to see more of them as a whole family and as individuals.
The Harrisons are awesome. I know I'm biased, because I created them, but really, they're awesome. Mom, Dad and all three kids are the kind of people we should all strive to be like, aside perhaps for Teddy's cavalier attitude when it comes to the opposite sex, but I digress. The dynamic of the Harrison family is something that the book will explore and in much more detail the further into the series we go (and yes, I do plan for there to be more than one book...).
VirgoWriter said: Learnt plenty about Teddy in this, even though it was technically about Libby. There are so many sacrifices involved in going for a dream like that, and you do feel like the other siblings get forgotten a little bit in the mix - they get dragged along and people forget that they have to give up their life a bit too.
I left Teddy out of the first character poll purposefully because I knew if Libby won (and I had an inkling she would) that Teddy would be heavily featured in her first prequel. Teddy is an interesting guy. The kid we meet in the prequel, A Decision, is totally different than the young man we meet in the prologue to Game. Set. Match. There's a lot that happens between those two events to make him who he is and I hope you're all interested to find out about it!
Claire said: I have a feeling you may mix it up a little in the novel, will be interesting to see if they can keep the same dynamics when Libby becomes big time.
The Harrison family dynamics are definitely going to change drastically, not only because of Libby's success, though that's certainly part of it. I can't wait for you guys to see what happens! It's going to be crazy.
In Reaction to the Second Prequel: Thank You
KaelynSue said: And the bit about him liking to rely on only himself and that being a product of his only childness...totally and 100% true. I can attest to that.
Alex is definitely an isolated guy and for more than one reason. Growing up an only child he had to rely on himself for everything, especially with a mother who was working two jobs. That said, he's got to learn how to rely on other people just a little bit if he doesn't want to end up alone.
VirgoWriter said: I love Alex's mother, she's just so good. It's such a strong role model and a wonderful character to have in there, even if she only features sort of mildly in the novel itself. And I love that Alex is a mama's boy like that. Probably proud of it too.
and Bibliopoppet said: Definitely loving the Momma's boy aspect. That can really play in the main novel in so many ways, and gives you a lot of fodder to work with...I really like it.
Anna Russell is a fantastic mother. She's not going to feature heavily in the first novel, but her presence will definitely be felt from time to time. Also, let's not forget that GSM is about tennis and one of the major tournaments is held each year in Wimbledon, just a hop, skip and a jump from the house her son bought her. And Alex is a total Mama's boy, though not in an awkward, socially inept sort of way, promise! ;-)
And finally Claire said: I love getting the perspective of what happened before, it gives the characters more depth. I really like it, I cant wait to see how you pull it all together.
I'm glad you're enjoying these little peeks into the characters lives. I can't wait for you all to see how everything comes together. This week I finally locked down the main story arc for Book 1! Things are moving in the right direction!
If you have any questions or comments, go for it! I love feedback of all kinds!
Also, don't forget to vote in the poll.
You could impact a major plot line with your vote!