I am thrilled to be joining Jessica on her blog today, talking about bringing the Requiem Series to an end. It is something I knew was coming, something I am grieving. And yet, even as one part of me struggles to say goodbye, another is anxiously awaiting the next adventure.
More on that later. For now, I want to talk about writing a series and saying goodbye.
The Requiem series never started as a series. It started as Lacrimosa, a stand-alone Romeo and Juliet-type book. After it sold as a four book deal, I had to rethink everything. I rewrote the book from a series perspective, went much deeper with the characters, and deeper with the mythos behind the book.
It has been a great experience. The characters are like dear friends and I will miss them horribly. Aydan, in particular, has always spoken so loudly to me. He will be so hard to release, to say goodbye to. But, this last book, Dominus, is helping the transition.
I should probably explain that a bit. Those who know me know that I love to torture my characters, leave my readers on a cliff-hanger, and embrace a natural end to things – not just the “happy” ending. Most of my stories end with a clear resolution, but not always a happy one. Dominus is the same. But this time, things were a little different. I felt a strong need to really tie up the loose ends throughout the story, to bring the storyline full circle, delivering the romance and angst of the series, as well as the action that has been building over the previous books.
And that’s the key to successfully ending a series, I think – bringing the story full circle, closing the loopholes, and treating the entire series like one massive plotline. In fact, that is actually how I built the series. The second book was the character development section needed to create the final installment. And what an installment it will be.
All in all, this has been a wonderful series to write. A hard series. And while I will miss the characters immensely, new stories and new adventures are already forming, desperately waiting for me to bring them to life! It’s exciting!
Enough from me, what do you think? Is it easy or hard coming to the end of a series?
Critically acclaimed nonfiction and YA author Christine Fonseca is dedicated to helping children of all ages find their voice in the world. Her titles include the YA Gothic Romance Lacrimosa, the YA thriller, Transcend, parenting guide, Emotional Intensity in Gifted Students, and the anticipated book for teen girls, The Girl Guide, releasing in Spring 2013.When she’s not writing or developing programs to support children with exceptional needs, she can be found spending time with her family, sipping too many skinny vanilla lattes at her favorite coffee house or playing around on Facebook and Twitter. For more information about Christine Fonseca or her books, visit her website – http://christinefonseca.com.