On endings; or, not letting a vampire jump over a shark

Today my new book, Demon Blood, was released for Kindle. It is the fifth book in the Vampire in the City series, and since I started writing these novels, I knew it was going to be six books. Am I excited to write the last book in the series? Yes! In fact, I have already started writing it, and in this last book, will tie together most of the loose ends and settle most of the character arcs. Am I sad that this will be the last book from Emma’s perspective? Yes, it was fun to write a character so down-to-earth but funny, and at times even clueless. But everything has to end, lest it stagnate, and Emma and I are almost ready to part ways. Writing the last book is a tad bittersweet though, but I’m sure she’ll be able to get by on her own now.

On the flip side, I am very excited to begin an entire new series. I can’t stop myself from planning it out, thinking about the protagonist, and trying to pick out a name to suit her personality. That’s one of the great things about being a writer–there are always new stories to tell!

My love of printed materials

In these days when everything is on Kindle, Nook, PDF file, and the like, one has to wonder if paper books are on their way to becoming extinct. While I do prefer to do most of my reading electronically, I feel a bit nostalgic about the paper book, and any printed material, really.

In high school and college, I had a quarterly magazine that I wrote for and edited. At first, I just sold it to kids in my high school. But when I went to college, I began selling it in local bookstores and offering subscriptions as well.

And then my first real job when I got out of college was as an editorial assistant for a medical journal, and I ended up working in print journals for the next eight years. To this day, I distinctly remember being excited the day when we would get a new issue. I loved being able open the journal to the masthead and read my name, and flip through the articles to see all the work I had done in a tangible form.

So I guess it’s only natural that I feel a crazy amount of glee when I see the three books I have written all in print format. As my two-year-old son would say, “I did it!”

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And here’s a link to the new one, Witch Blood, in print:

http://www.amazon.com/Witch-Blood-Vampire-Three-Volume/dp/1482310015