Monday, April 14, 2014
Monday Musings: Ending a series
So, tomorrow The Forever Song is released upon the world.
The last book of the Blood of Eden trilogy. The End. The final adventure. This is only the second series I've completed (the first since the original Iron Fey, if you can believe it), and people always ask me how it feels saying goodbye to a series. I've worked with these characters for many months, agonized over their actions, been inside their heads for a very long time. How does it feel, knowing you have to leave them behind and move onto something new?
For me, ending a series makes me both happy and sad. Sad because, yes, I will miss them. I've been a part of Allison's life since the beginning. I've watched her evolve from a jaded, cynical street rat to a fierce, bloodthirsty vampire, to finally the person she is today. I've watched her with Zeke, Kanin, Jackal and everyone, and I feel like I know them all, inside and out. And it was tough, ending this series, knowing the outcome of one of their stories. I cried writing that scene. I can't say which one. You'll know it when you get there.
But all good things must come to end, and I'm happy that I could give Allison and co. the finale they deserve. I'm also proud that I actually finished a story arc, beginning to end. Sometimes when writing a series, it feels like you'll never finish, that you'll go on forever with these characters and never have any resolution. It's a relief to know they got their ending, and that--whether happy, sad, or somewhere in between--you were able to take them through an incredible adventure to those final two words, The End.
And as for Allison and the Blood of Eden series, I'm content with where I left them. I hope that when readers turn the final page, they'll feel as I do: sad that its over, but content in knowing the story of vampires, rabids, humans and monsters couldn't have ended any other way.
The Forever Song is out tomorrow! Grab your copy to read Allie's last adventure for yourself. =)