I had always intended for Bestial to be one stand-alone novel. I was tired of all the trilogy hype, and I was determined that it was possible, even preferable, to avoid multiple volumes as a matter of principle.
But then I was sat here, working on my Unhappy Ending, and it was so glaringly obvious. This novel was finished, and it had the most perfect Unhappy Ending: a cliff-hanger, leading you to volume two, inevitably entitled Mortal. A novel which can revisit things kept hidden and subtle in volume one, and elaborate on characters not yet explored to their fullest, while still continuing down the current narrative track.
So that happened.
But I’m still not writing a damned trilogy.