Torey didn’t want to write a sequel to ONE CHILD initially.
When ONE CHILD was published, her editor thought Sheila’s life after leaving Torey’s classroom was so grim that it would be better not to say anything about it.
Torey also felt it would be hard to follow up ONE CHILD because ONE CHILD had been “something of a fairy tale” and had left the reader with the impression of “happily ever after”. A sequel would make “real life all too apparent”.
In the end she wrote THE TIGER’S CHILD on a dare from Sheila, who had teasingly said she never would.