Our theme for this month is endings and I have to admit, even though it's a pleasure to finish a book, I have a difficult time closing that door for good.
Maybe that’s why I’m such a fan of series, because they could go on forever if I could write them. For example, in my recent release, BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS, I originally created the idea of humans colonizing many different planets, and one true love altering the course of each planet’s destiny. I could make up as many worlds as I wanted to, along with another couple’s love story. I wound up selling another series and never went back to this original idea, but I’ve had readers who actually asked for a sequel to the world of Sea Forest (which I had never even considered, but once I thought about it, I realized that, yes, I could create another story with my hero and heroine’s daughter...).
In my new series, THE ELVEN LORDS, I am going to wrap up the overall plot arc with the third book. But there are two prequels between the three that I could write, and…okay, let me start with the premise of the world. Seven mad elven lords have broken the barrier between worlds and have taken over England, enslaving the people to fight their battle games. In book one, THE FIRE LORD’S LOVER, we meet these lords and two elven half-breeds, and discover the beginnings of the Rebellion to fight for England’s freedom. In book two, THE LADY OF THE STORM, the source of magic that leaks between the two worlds is discovered, and a possible way to free England is begun. In book three, LOVING THE LORD OF ILLUSION, the Rebellion finally frees England from the mad elven lords, but not in the way they had hoped, and…
A small rift remains between the worlds.
So besides the prequels, I still have an opportunity to revisit the world with its remaining elven half-breeds and an open portal for magic. At this point, I would imagine that any of those with part elven blood would be ostracized, as would those retaining any magical powers. Magic would become illegal, and enchantments would pop up in the most unlikely places…
See what I mean?
I’m lousy at endings. So I always leave an opening for me to revisit my worlds, and the characters who are shaped by them. This way when I finish a book, it’s not truly an ending. Because someday, I could always go back and pick up the threads once more. Even though I might never have the time to do so.
Are you like me? Do you dislike closing any door with finality? Or are you eager to just forge ahead, burning your bridges behind you?
My Magical Best,
PS. Since I didn’t share my book video for BENEATH THE THIRTEEN MOONS with my release announcement, here ‘tis, and I hope you enjoy: