So. Reviews of Alpha are starting to trickle in, and my nerves are showing. So far, the reviews are pretty positive, and the biggest complaint seems to be that the series is ending. So, why do I want to bury my head in the proverbial sand (the current manuscript) and not come out until 2011?
Because it’s impossible to make everyone happy (a fact Faythe knows very well), and it would be easier to just avoid thinking about the fact that what some people love in a book, others hate. And about the fact that I’m ending the series I’m best known for.
This is a very scary point in an author’s career. I feel like I’m climbing a very tall ladder, and I’ve reached the last rung. There’s another ladder a couple of feet to my right, just waiting for me to jump over to it. But if I miss, I’ll fall all the way to the ground.
I have to say, it’s tempting to just cling to this ladder I know. It’s held me up so far, and I have enough left over material to slap up a couple more rungs. (By writing a couple more Shifters books. Are you following my shoddy analogy?) But those rungs wouldn’t get me very far, because that left over material isn’t very strong. It’s epilogue material. Maybe short story material. But definitely not sturdy enough for another full length novel. Er…rung. Not a good one, anyway. I know that, and pretending otherwise wouldn’t be fair to my readers.
So, as of October, I’m leaving this familiar ladder behind, and I’m going to reach for that new one, which, with any luck, will climb even higher. And I’m going to try my hardest not to look down.
To put the ladder talk aside, I’m moving past the Shifters series, because it’s time. I have no plans to forget about it. I’m proud of where Faythe and I have taken each other and so very grateful to have had that journey and to have connected with so many readers. And I hope that more and more people continue to discover and enjoy her world. But with Alpha, Faythe’s story is over, and with any luck, my career is just beginning.
But don’t say goodbye to Faythe just yet! (Maybe I should have held this post back until after the release…) Read Alpha first. And maybe even the Shifters world short story coming in an as yet unnamed anthology from Tor next spring.
Then, we can say goodbye to the Shifters series together. 😉