Q:Your response to the anon commenting on the immense sobbing that of course happened after reading the end of your trilogy was wonderful and spot on. My heart aches, but you wrote a real ending, a true ending for those characters. As much as my heart is still broken after finishing your series last month it makes me so incredibly happy you stuck to a darker, truer ending. I couldn't have asked for anything better. <3
You have no idea how much this comment means to me. Thank you so much for saying this. <3
I’ve struggled a lot with this ending (as you now know), and I realize not everyone will “get it.” So, when someone DOES understand…Well, it’s an incredibly rewarding feeling for me as an author.
So thank you, thank you.
Q:The end of Strange and Ever After hurt me so much, oh my god. Why? I've been crying for nearly 10 minutes. I can't deal with this, augh!
So…I’ll just copy/paste an email I just sent. Please do not read if you haven’t yet read STRANGE & EVER AFTER. It’s a hard ending, but it’s not an unhappy one. Read the book to see for yourself. :)
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You guys know what comes out in <1 week? HEIR OF FIRE BY sjmaas!!!! I am so, so, SO excited for the whole world to finally get to read this incredible book.
In honor of the book’s fast-approaching launch, I thought I’d share 5 Reasons I Want to Be Manon Blackbeak.
- Iron teeth, man. IRON FREAKIN’ TEETH. Won’t nobody ever mess with me again if I’ve got iron teeth.
- Manon lives in a woman’s world—ladies dominate and there’s no room for men. I could definitely get used to something like that…;)
- Manon has a dragon. Admittedly, they’re called “wyverns” in HEIR OF FIRE…but at the end of the day, he’s a dragon and he’s AWESOME and Manon gets to ride him. Hell to the yeah!
- Manon takes charge of situations—a born leader. A natural alpha. She is The Head Honcho in her coven, and that’s a quality I like in a gal.
- I loooove me some tales of redemption—and wow, talk about checkered past! Will Manon redeem herself? Will she escape the confines of “the dark side”? I have no idea, but boy, I hope so.
Now, go check out the rest of the Heir of Fire celebrations in the #HOF13 Tour:
August 25 – Jaz @ Fiction in Fiction in Fiction
August 26 – Katie @ Polished Page-Turners
August 27 – Kelly @ Belle of the Literati
August 28 – Elena @ Novel Sounds
August 29 – Nicole @ The Quiet Concert
September 1 – Gillian @ Writer of Wrongs
September 2 – Judith @ Paperiot
September 3 – Melanie @ The Daily Prophecy
September 4 – Magan @ Rather Be Reading
September 5 – Andi @ Andi’s ABCs
September 8 – Gina @ Behind the Pages
September 9 – Rachel @ Hello Chelly
September 10 – Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books
Q:How do you know when an idea is 'The One'? The one worth pursuing and devoting your time to, the one you won't tire of halfway through? Like with SS&D and Truthwitch - how did you know they'd be worth it? Do the words just flow? And if they don't flow, if you like the idea but the words are being stubborn and unwieldy, what then? Sorry for the mixed-up questions, but I just haven't felt very confident in my writing today. Or for the last couple of months, actually :(
I’m in the same boat, Anonymous. Zero confidence in my writing at the moment. Fortunately, I have my routines to rely on (scroll down to the bottom of that link to read about what I mean). If I didn’t have my routines and rituals, I would literally never finish anything. I kind of talk about that here as well.
In all honesty, finding the Right Story is partly a matter of writing what feels right at the moment—which means I can never outline—and also a matter of BICHOKing everyday (butt-in-chair, hands-on-keyboard). Maybe these posts on inspiration and Right Stories will help:
- Coaxing out the Magical Cookies
- Maintaining Passion for a Project
- Simple Tricks to Unstick Your Plot
The simple fact is that I ALWAYS hit walls. I wrote 150 pages of TRUTHWITCH and just stopped…Then, once those 150 pages had sold and I was required to actually FINISH the darn book… Well, you can bet I was wondering what the heck I’d gotten myself into.
But I stuck to my routine, wrote a little bit everyday (even when the words were all terrible), and eventually finished a rough draft of the whole book. As William Faulkner is famously quoted saying, "I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning."
Everyone hits rough patches, some longer than others. Try setting a really manageable goal—like 500 words a day—and stick to it. You might be shocked by how quickly that gets you to a WIP’s end.
Outlander music: Claire and Jamie theme during end credits, 1x02
I cannot wait for this soundtrack to go on sale.
I HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THIS ON REPEAT FOR 3 DAYS STRAIGHT