How do you envision John’s future?
I’ve never shut the door on a sequel to Dear John, but as always, the first step is to come up with a compelling story. If I can do that, I’ll write it, and then your question will be answered. I can’t say anything more, obviously, since I wouldn’t want to ruin the (possible) story.
What do you think of the movie adaptation?
I enjoyed the film and thought the filmmakers, director and cast did a wonderful job.
What details can you give us about the Dear John film?
Filming took place in late 2008, and it stars Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried. It was largely filmed in the Charleston area of South Carolina. Marty Bowen (Twilight) served as the producer and Lasse Hallstrom (Chocolat) served as the director.
Why did you choose that ending for Dear John (John and Savannah not being together)?
Because that bittersweet ending, to me, generated more authentic emotional power than either a tragic or happy ending. Moreover, it seemed to fit the story. I try to vary the endings in general so the reader never knows what to expect. Surprise is the final element of the modern love story.
Will there be a sequel?
I’m uncertain. While I didn’t write the novel with a sequel in mind, I’m open to the possibility. If I can come up with a good, original story, I just might do it.