Friday, 11 July 2014
My Novel with Two Endings: House of the Dark
A decade ago I'd toyed with a couple of scenes, playing with a few ideas. However, once I'd completely written Bride of the Dark, I threw those scenes out and started again from scratch.
So glad I did. It's a much, much stronger novel because of it.
The original outline called for one particular ending. But when I wrote this draft, I changed the ending. Then I thought, maybe I should write the original ending as well?
So now I've got this novel with two eucatastrophic endings, both wrenching in their own way. Then I thought, which ending made me cry more? Which one had me bawling as I wrote it?
That ending is the one I pitch with. It's a beautiful, bittersweet ending. Honestly, I wept for days.
Am hoping my beta-readers also cry for days. (Earlier plot neeps have already kept one up half-the night. Sorry, Jen.)
You know, I would absolutely love to tell you about this novel. I really would, I love the plot, I love the characters. This is the novel I've been aching to write since the very beginning of my career. But it's so chock full of spoilers.
I completely believe in the whole Of The Dark trilogy. I do believe it will be published.
This novel also settled to me, irrevocably, that I must be an author. I cannot be any other thing unless I am first an author.
I hope y'all get a chance to read it-- No, wait. You all will get a chance to read it. One way or another, this will be published. I believe in these books so much.
I've written other novels and then happily trunked them without a further thought. But these won't let me go.
Availability will simply be a matter of time.
Her Grace would love to write another series as powerful as Of The Dark. But this series will always be her first love.