Sunday, March 23, 2014

Guest Post with Author Nikki Rae

Let`s welcome Nikki Rae to Pure Jonel, as I hand the reins over to her for the day.

On Ending A Series

Ending a book is weird. I’ve been writing books for a long time, and I don’t think ending them will ever be something I get used to. So ending an entire series is extremely bizarre.

In the indie world, people think I’ve been a writer for only about a year, but I started the first book in The Sunshine Series, Sunshine, when I was fifteen years old. I’m twenty five now. In the span of those ten years, a lot has happened, in life and in the books.

I lost my step father, I wrote the first draft. I moved out of my house, I queried agents. I started college, I gave up on trying to traditionally publish.

Sunshine was deleted twice. Once on purpose and once on accident.

Then I uploaded it to Amazon, and people for the most part, really liked it.

So I wrote another.

And life continued.

I got a new job, I wrote Sun Poisoned at night. I got my associate’s degree, I edited. My cat died. I uploaded the next book.

Then more people liked it.

I started to write a new book in between.

I wrote half of Sun Damage and got stuck.

I took a break.

Wrote some other things I didn’t finish.

I got depressed.

I wondered why on Earth people were reading what I made up. I wanted to know what made me worthy of their praise. Then I kept writing.

My dad died. I edited.

I took a break from school. I edited. I asked people to help me with a blog tour.

And then I finished it.

People ask me a lot how I know when something is “done”. I don’t have a clear answer. Things are done when they need to be. You’ll just know it when it’s finished.

I feel like there isn’t a better time to finish The Sunshine Series. These characters carried me all throughout high school. Here I am, about to graduate college, and I have to say goodbye.

It’s scary, and exciting, and sad.

I’m going to miss them so much. It’s going to be strange working on new stories and getting to know new characters. But I guess moving on is a part of life. I think, as a writer, I’m supposed to say something in my work that helps people go through life. That’s why I started writing Sunshine in the first place.

I can only hope that I did everything I could to give these characters the best send off I could have possibly given them. Although I can’t wait for the new things that are coming, these characters will always be my firsts. First loves, first heartbreaks. First everything.

I learned a lot about myself as a person and a writer during these ten years. There will be more books, more series to begin and end.

But for now, I’m still figuring out how to say goodbye.

A bit more about the book:

Life wasn't what Sophie was expecting, so why should death be any different?

She’s come back from swimming between the two, and every problem she left is still there. And then some.
There’s the human world, where she has a brother on the verge of ruins, band mates all set to go on tour, and people she thought she wouldn't be seeing for a long time showing up.

Then there’s her new world, where she’s seeing and hearing things that should not be heard or seen. Where Myles knows more about her than she could have ever guessed. She still doesn't know exactly why Michael is tormenting her, but somehow, everything is connected.

The monsters are closing in on all sides and the question is, will Sophie be able to defeat them before it all ends?

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