Please give a big welcome to Yasmine Galenorn who is joining us with her final book in the Indigo Court series, NIGHT'S END!
In writing a couple of the other posts for my blog tour for NIGHT’S END, I started to think about what it means to end this series. While I have made my goodbyes to the series as a whole, I find the characters still lurking around the edges of my mind. Their stories are finished, but I think there’s part of me still holding on to them. And I think that’s because they’re old friends—they’ve lived inside my mind since 2010 when I first started writing their story. That’s a long time to have a connection with someone, even if they are creations of my own imagination.
What people don’t realize is how real an author’s characters can be to them. I know that every time I have to kill or hurt a character—well, a main or secondary character—it hits me in the gut and sometimes I end up crying while I’m writing. I think I’ve cried so much during my work over the years I could support the tissue industry.
But pain and loss happen are no strangers to our lives, and they have to happen in books too, in order for them to be realistic. To quote a line from one of my favorite movies: “Planes are gonna crash. Earthquakes are going to happen. People you know and love are going to die. And no matter what that voice tells you, there’s nothing you can do about it.” It’s really all in how the characters handle those losses and setbacks that shows their true natures.
So, letting go of Cicely and her friends…of Ulean, of Grieve and Lannan and Rhiannon and all the rest…I think it will be a process. They don’t just vanish once I type ‘the end’ on the final book. And even though I’m excited about new characters and other stories to come, old characters linger, in the corners of my thoughts.
Now and then, I find myself sending them a wistful, “Hi there, I wish we could have traveled further together…” But sometimes, people leave you partway through the journey. And characters and books and series…well…they have their own time line in the writer’s life. That’s just the way of things.
So, what have been some of the most memorable books and characters that have stuck with you throughout your reading career?
Individual blog contests:
ONE print copy of NIGHT MYST (US only, I’m sorry.)
To enter; just leave a comment on this post answering Yasmine's question and then fill out the rafflecopter below. Good luck!
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Tour-wide Grand Prize contest:
Below is the rafflecopter link for a tour-wide prize, offered by Yasmine. The prize basket includes a Kindle Paperwhite and other goodies. The tour-wide contest will begin on June 29th, and will run through the end of the day on July 7th. Winner will be chosen and notified via email on July 8th.