As some of you know, I wrote a novel. It’s a modern retelling of Treasure Island, with Jim Hawkins recast as a homeless kid hunting the loot from an armored car heist. I’ll be sharing chapters online soon.
Anyway, I’m sitting here thinking of ways to get my book “out there” and I remember reading part of a modern sequel to Treasure Island in the library. I was thinking of writing the author and see if he had any insight to share, so I looked him up and was surprised to find he wasn't the only writer to try a Treasure Island sequel. There was another. And another. And another.
|Robert Louis Stevenson|
I have to say, my mind was blown. I knew from the start I didn't have the most original book in the world, but I had no idea I was working such well-tilled ground.
Robin thought it was a disaster and that I would freak out. But you know what? I love it! It proves there’s a market, however small, for RLS wannabes like me. And my book won’t be lonesome on the shelf.
I’m especially intrigued by this other retelling! I ordered a copy and can’t wait to see how a more established author handled the same challenge I had—to bring the Treasure Island myth alive in the present day.