The Unpublished Epilogue

I like happy endings. I don’t try to hide it. I figure there is enough tragedy and suffering in the world, and while we do often read fiction to learn about life, we also read as an escape from the things that bring us down. I write what I want to read, and I want to read something that ends with happiness, hope and the promise of a brighter future.

Hope is a common theme in YA, while “happily ever after” is frowned upon. A lot of people don’t believe in “happily ever after,” but I’m still a believer.

When I was work-shopping Before They Find Us with my MFA program, I knew how it would end. I wrote the ending Beck told me to write, even though I knew it would be unpopular with my professor and probably most of my writing peers. Still, I felt like I owed it to Beck to write the end of her story.

My professor came back to me and said, “It’s not that I don’t like it. I think it’s unnecessary. The book should end with the last chapter.”

Knowing that the Epilogue would probably get trashed when I sent the book out on review and with this insight from my professor, I decided to leave the Epilogue out of the final draft, much to the dismay of some of my beta readers.

I’m not ashamed of the ending. I know these characters. I know how they wanted their story to end, so in a way, I felt like I was protecting them by keeping the Epilogue out. But, I figure anyone who connects with the book well enough to head over here to my website deserves to have those final few pages.

So, I’m going to send the unpublished Epilogue to everyone who subscribes to my email newsletter. To subscribe, enter your email into the “Subscribe” box in the widget on the right. Subscribe before March 31, 2014, and you will receive the file, too.  (I’ll be perfectly honest here. To date I have only sent one newsletter. You don’t have to worry about his clogging your inbox—I’m just not that persistent.)

When you read it, I hope you’ll come back and tell me what you thought. Should it stay out? Or does it deserve to be put back in? Leave a comment and let me know!

Join Me at Barnes & Noble

I’ll be at Barnes & Noble at Columbia Center in Kennewick, WA from noon to 5:00 p.m. to sign books and talk with readers.

Seven other local authors will be in the store throughout the day, all to promote books and raise money for the Rivers of Ink Writers Conference.

Come out and join us! You can grab a copy of my new book, BEFORE THEY FIND US, and shop for all the readers on your Christmas list.

Hope to see you there!

#1 in Mythology

I wanted to share this screen shot from my iPod with a big THANK YOU!

That’s my book! Hanging with Rick Riordan on the Mythology list. Totally made my day!

It is still FREE tomorrow, too. Grab the download while you can.

If you prefer a print edition, you still have time to sign up for the giveaway:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The giveaway runs through December 13, so enter to win. You can keep them or gift them to a friend for Christmas. (US residents only, please.)

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Blog Tour- Day 5

I was a little worried when I saw the tour schedule because there were only two blogs posting on Friday. Well, I just read both posts, and don’t let the small numbers fool you. Today is a GREAT day on the blog tour. Please click over to these two blogs and leave a comment.

Friday, August 31, 2012

Both blogs have links to the rafflecopter giveaway, so make sure you enter to win. I have the books sitting here on my floor, waiting to be sent to some lucky winner. It could be you!