Plenty of Jojo Moyes fans have wondered what happened to cheerful young Louisa Clark when they finished reading the tear-jerker love story, Me Before You.
Now there will be an answer: Moyes is writing a sequel to her novel called After You, due on Sept. 29 from Pamela Dorman Books.
In Me Before You (2012), Lou is hired to care for Will Traynor, a deeply depressed, wealthy young man paralyzed in an accident. For a while, she helps him recapture his old joie de vivre.
The sequel will arrive before the movie version of Me Before You, scheduled for a 2016 release. Filming begins in April, with Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games) as Will and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) as Lou.
In a statement, Moyes said: “I hadn’t planned to write a sequel to Me Before You. But working on the movie script, and reading the sheer volume of tweets and emails every day asking what Lou did with her life, meant that the characters never left me.
It has been such a pleasure revisiting Lou and her family, and the Traynors, and confronting them with a whole new set of issues. As ever, they have made me laugh, and cry. I hope readers feel the same way at meeting them again.