"I haven't the slightest idea if I'll write a sequel! It's not up to me! I can't do anything unless or until a story comes to me and says, 'Write me - write me now.' ...Given my professional history on the subject of sequels, I can't say that the odds are very good"
I find this reply to be disingenuous and, frankly, bs. If she knows she cannot write a book without receiving a divine revelation from the Story Council, then she could easily have tied up the *many* loose ends in this book and ensured that readers did not expect a sequel. I guess I really blame her editor(s). If they have been with her for previous publications, they should know of her propensity for leaving readers hanging and had her wrap the book up properly.
I had never read Robin McKinley before reading Sunshine. I *loved* it - fantastic story, world and characters. However, I will not read anything else by her. I can't set myself up for disappointment that way. I suppose I should thank her for being so honest so I don't waste my time and money on her books. (Thank you)
P.S. She also states on the website that she knows more of what happens to Sunshine post-novel and would love to write about her again. My humble suggestion: post it on the website, don't cling to it in case inspiration strikes ten years from now. It would gain alot of respect from the fans who are disgusted about how the book ended with no plans for a sequel.