Thank you so much for an exciting launch week for my book, The Innocent Witch. Already I’ve had some great reviews on Amazon – some of you devouring it in mere days – and so many kind words from readers!
I’ve had a few people comment that they did not see the end coming, and that it was sad but satisfying at the same time. Without being a spoiler, I’ve got to say, I’m so glad you’ve seen it that way. That was pretty much exactly how I wanted you to feel, and I also wanted to be fair to the history of the time.
It made me think about the end of a book more than I ever have before, and just how important it is to make it right for the reader. Have you ever really enjoyed a book, only to find the ending unbelievably happy? I mean, is life ever really that fair in a neat 300-page timespan? Or the times where you are so engrossed in a novel only to find the ending leaves you angry?
I once read a Jodi Picoult novel, Handle with Care, and enjoyed it so much right until the very end. The way it ended left me fuming for days; and while I’m a huge Jodi Picoult fan, I wish I could ask her… why end it like that? I remember discussing it with a fellow booklover at the time and she just laughed at how much it affected me, but its true, the ending of a book can really leave a lasting impression. Well, I certainly remembered that title! (Its still a great story – if you’ve read it, please leave a comment below to let me know how the ending made you feel? Surely I’m not alone in my frustration? (don’t post spoilers please, for those who haven’t read it yet…)
In my writing course, they told us we must end a story to resolve the conflict of our main characters, but at the same time, make it satisfying for the reader. While writing The Innocent Witch I must admit I struggled a bit with how to end it, to make sure I achieved the required result.
From your feedback, it seems I’ve managed to leave you feeling fulfilled but keep it real, and I’m glad its meant so much to you that people have been in touch to let me know. I really appreciate hearing from you, so don’t be shy!
So, are you a ‘must have a happy ending no matter what’ kind of reader, or does a sprinkling of tragedy keep a story real, and in your heart and memory better?
I’ve also got some exciting news… I’m already working on my next novel, set in 1713 France. That’s about as much as I’ll tell you right now, but I hope to bring that out to you later this year.
I can’t wait to see your thoughts on ‘the end’ of books you read in general, and your enjoyment of the beginning, middle and ‘the end’ of The Innocent Witch.
Until next time, happy reading!