A note from Laura, if you haven’t read The Choice do NOT read this post. Come back when you’re done.
Is THREE books. Three, then done. Over, finished, complete.
The Dragonheart Trilogy. Three books.
I know some readers sincerely feel that asking for more is flattering. It is, it really is. To a point. But there’s been a lot of demanding and haranguing over this one with readers who want, and demand and—sorry, not sorry— whine for more.
(And some do it after EVERY trilogy.)
Why can’t you write all the weddings?????
You know, I gave the reader a big, beautiful wedding, in detail within The Choice. The dress, the vows, the prep, the color, the music. All of it. Not enough, apparently.
Where is Marco’s wedding, where is Breen’s?
Down the road, dear readers. The trilogy ended. Worlds saved, evil defeated, lovers met.
We should’ve seen Sally and Derrick come over.
Down the road again. This is not a story line.
More grieving and a funeral for Sedrick. We did have grieving, but lives are lost in wars. That’s why wars suck out loud. There was no place for more.
We are not going to see Fin bond with his dragon. That was not the story. And the kid’s hardly more than a toddler when the story ends.
We want to see more babies.
Down. The. Road. This was not the story.
Breen awakened. Breen became. Breen chose.
THAT was the story. Mission accomplished.
I cannot give each individual reader all they want. And I won’t.
I will tell you the story that comes to me, and work hard to make it the best I can. That’s my job. I can’t tie every aspect that every single reader wants up in a bow, and keep going and going. When it’s done, it’s done.
Can’t we just have a fourth book, or a novella, or a short story?
Oh, my Jesus, do you not think, seriously not think, of the time, effort, the work, the creatively involved it that? Like, snap your fingers and give us all what we want? No one can actually believe it works that way.
This will seem harsh to some, and some of you will be pissed at me. I PAY for the books, why can’t she do what I want? Because, dear readers, I write how I write. The story is what it is.
And no, there were no loose ends, I did not leave anyone hanging. Except those who want, want, want, want weddings, babies, intricate word pictures of everything that might happen next.
I worked very hard on this trilogy, I sweated over making it all flow to a natural conclusion. But for some, it’s just never, never, never enough.
I finished The Choice a year ago. I’ve written two In Deaths, a Roberts’s suspense and am working on the first book of a new trilogy. I’m never, never, never going to go back and write weddings and babies for this trilogy.
This is not a book. There is no conflict, internal or external. There are no hills and valleys. There would be just happy, happy, joy, joy. And that’s not how I work.
I loved writing this trilogy, I was totally invested in the characters. But it’s done.
What comes next is up to you.
I’ve been a reader all my life, and never thought of demanding a writer give me more. I want this, this, this. Come on, gimme.
It’s actually astonishing to me that some readers do just that.
I have no obligation to do that, and never will. I HATE some readers are disappointed. But there’s nothing I can or will do about it.
And the next trilogy. THREE books. When it’s done, it’s done. Absolutely no point in demanding more. The Lost Bride Trilogy will be three books. Some will ask for more. I’ll have moved on.
Let me add, please, if you’re going to bring up specifics, spoilers, plot points, you want to comment on, argue about, do it here, and not on Facebook. There are many readers who follow on FB who haven’t read the book or books. Laura is so clear about that, but some ignore it because they’re just unhappy.
I’m also going to add, if it’s not obvious, I’m really tired of some demanding what I can’t give. And begging for what I can’t and won’t give. It’s exhausting.