As I sit here on my bed with my laptop writing the final chapters for Illumination, the EVE series, book 4…I write….read….delete…rewrite…and begin again. I think it’s going to be a long night.
I started writing the first book in this series, Essence, back in the summer of 2009. At the time I hadn’t considered turning it into a series, that just sort of happened because the characters demanded it. And over the last six years and four books I have grown so attached to this storyline and all my characters. Some of whom I love dearly, other’s I enjoy disliking immensely. I’ve lived their lives, laughed with them, cried with them, and tagged along on this adventurous journey beside them.
These four books are my babies, my heart and my soul. Jocelyn and Jackson are my children who I feel extremely protective of. I love them dearly and have loved experiencing their relationship, their love, their struggles, their triumphs, and their heartbreaks along with them. They have overcome so much in their young lives and still have a long way to go. However, I know they will make it. Their love is strong as is their faith in each other and themselves.
But as with all good things, it must come to an end and Illumination is the final book for Jocelyn and Jackson. I am finding it challenging to put the right words in place to conclude their story. I think that every author who creates a series faces the same challenges. I want to make sure I wrap it all up nicely, answer all my reader’s questions through my characters, remain true to the storyline and my characters, and leave my audience captivated and craving the new spin-off series beginning this fall with Sidney’s story…the Spirit Quest series.
That’s what I hope to deliver and I will do my best to do so. And as hard as it is to conclude this series, I want to reassure my reader’s that this isn’t the last time they will hear from our beloved couples or most of the EVE assemble. They will return from time to time in the new series. So, it’s not a forever farewell…more along the lines of ‘see ya later’. This I do promise to the many who have reached out to me not wanting Illumination to be the final book in this series.
But most importantly, I want to thank everyone who has taken this journey with me. I cannot tell you how much your words have meant to me, how much I appreciate your reaching out to me and telling me what this series has meant to you and how much you are enjoying it. That is the greatest achievement any author can strive for. You are the reason I write and I thank you for it with all my heart! You are the best and I dearly love you all!!!