Drawing, from behind, of a girl with long blond hair, and multicoloured wings. Caption reads: "Will Andy accept her wings?"

Questions blog post by Iris Carden

A couple of days ago I finished writing Aftermath and thought that neatly finished Orsinius Wishlet and his friends’ series of stories. I thought I was going to put them aside for ever.

Between writing and publishing the story, though, I started to wonder about that.

Certainly, they’ve saved reality from being ripped apart, protected Ariana from having her powers stolen, and killed the witch who was trying to do both, but….

  • Just how dead is Lady Arabella? She’s been dead before. At least someone’s witnessed and recorded her death before, but it wasn’t permanent. Could that dust scattered along the border between reality and unreality come back to life somehow?
  • Will the magical world really accept Ariana just going back to her normal life, when there must be so many other things she could do with her powers?
  • And what about poor Andy? Will she ever come to terms with her wings and her destiny to become the next Lady Justice? Will she forgive her mother for letting her spend sixteen years trying to fit in with human kids, thinking she was one of them?
  • Are there any more mythical objects out there that should be under Orsinius’ care? Are there powerful objects could be problematic in the wrong hands?
  • Orsinius’ life has already changed so much. How will it continue to change? Come to think of it, Ariana’s life’s been thoroughly upended as well, that’s got to have some repercussions.
  • Then there’s the really big question. What if there’s someone or something out there worse than Lady Arabella? What if they could do something worse than rip a hole in reality?
  • And finally, the biggest question of all. Is someone going to give the cat a name?

Before publishing, I added a note at the end of the story, to see if readers thought there was more to tell.

The result of the couple of responses, and my own questions about what happens next, has me leaning towards further stories. Television series that turn out well often get a second season. I think Orsinius and his friends might deserve their second series of stories as well. It could tie up some loose ends, and probably create some more.

I will give the series a rest for now, and let the ideas percolate for a while, but Orsinius and friends will probably be back later in the year, when I know what’s going on with them.

That was an ending, of sorts..

…On to a beginning…

Yesterday I published the second chapter of Family Lies on the blog. In the past week I finished writing out my plan for the book. Yes, I gave you a first chapter a week ago without finalising the plan. I like to live (or at least write) dangerously.

I’ve written the first four chapters now, and am really pleased with how its going. I hope as you read it, you enjoy it too. This a story of the damage done by lies and secrets, and how innocent people become the casualties of others’ crimes.

The main character, Emily, has a long way to go before she understands who is sending her threatening messages and why. I’ll give her and you, the readers, hints and perhaps a red herring or two as we work our way towards the answer.

Happy reading everyone, and please keep in touch. You can leave comments on the posts themselves or on social media.

Orsinius Wishlet Stories

Lost and Found was originally a one-off story, until the day I had the idea for A Wish Come True. After that, Orsinius and the world built around him just kept coming back to me.

Series 1 Stories:

Series 2 Stories:

Chapters of Family Lies

Note, this is the first draft. What eventually is published as a book (if it is published as a book), will be edited, rewritten, and re-edited, and may not have much in common with this first draft.

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By Iris Carden

Iris Carden is an Australian indie author, mother, grandmother, and chronic illness patient. On good days, she writes. Because of the unpredictability of her health, she writes on an indie basis, not trying to meet deadlines. She lives on a disability support pension now, but her ultimate dream is to earn her own living from her writing.


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