We're less than two weeks away from the release of my fifth book, Tempest's Fury. For those of you who have been ignoring me assiduously, here's the cover:
Fury is the penultimate book of the series, as I always knew I wanted Jane to have six books. My reasons for that are simple: I wanted to end in control of the character and the book, and in a way that satisfied me and, hopefully, my readers. As a reader myself, I remember with love the series that left me wanting more--the ones that ended when I was still involved, still engaged. So that's how I wanted Jane's story to be. I wanted to end before I lost the flow of the original idea, or got bored with my own character, or bored my readers.
That said, it's hard writing a series, and six books is a lot. I think that part of the problem is that once we invest in a series, we all have things we want to see happen, and we have a way we want it to happen. That's why Choose Your Own Adventures were so much fun. Yet how many of us, even with all the choices available, were constantly looking for options that weren't there?
Unlike Choose Your Own Adventures, however, most books can only have one story, and it had to be mine. I hope people like the direction I take Jane, and can see how her character has evolved, and why I made the choices I made.
I've grown up with Jane, as a writer. She was my first baby (or my first pancake, for those of you who never quite got her). I've loved seeing her grow, and as I'm revising book six, I'm sad knowing I'm going to have to move on. But, to be honest, I'm not that sad. I'm proud I was allowed to write all six books, and I'm proud I'm only writing six. I'm thrilled I got to have a first pancake, and that I still think it's pretty tasty. I'm also excited to move on, and to utilize everything I learned writing Jane in new ventures.
So I hope you enjoy book five and, ultimately, book six. I know I've enjoyed writing them, even knowing it's time to say goodbye.