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Hitchhiker’s Guide to Sequel Writing

When Eoin Colfer was asked to write the sixth book in problematically named The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, he refused–convinced that no one could follow in the footsteps of the original author, the late, great Douglas Adams.

Nevertheless, Colfer–the author of the bestselling “Artemis Fowl” series of YA novels–decided to write the sixth book in the series. It will hit stores in October. In this exclusive GalleyCat interview, the novelist explains why he changed his mind, taking readers inside his writing process for the sequel.

Here’s more from the author’s website: “If you have read ['Hitchhiker's Guide'] then you know exactly what I am talking about. If you haven’t then read it now, moron. The problem is the hyperbole puts people off. If it’s so popular then it must be middle of the road, brimming with cliches and easily digested on the sands of Ibiza. All false assumptions.”

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