The Death of a Character: To Mourn or Not to Mourn

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I was asked a question earlier by someone I find both wise, endearing, and completely talented in all that she does.  Her question has been bouncing around in my mind and I realize that my answer to her was very swift and two dimensional so maybe I should expand a little on the subject.  The question happened after I was very pleased with writing a prominent character’s death.

I took it as someone who writes herself wanted to know if we had similar feelings.  She asked, “Do you mourn them? If you don’t, do you feel badly for not mourning them?”  

I responded simply with, “I’ve been juggling with this death, going back and forth whether I should or not and ultimately for the final book sets things to 11.  I do some more than others depending how attached I am. This one, yes. The great thing, though, is I don’t write in order so I will get to enjoy them for a while longer.” and “Some I am glad for their demise, though, and celebrate.”

If you happened to have read Rise of a Queen or Of Darkness and Light (heck, maybe even both) you realize something pretty quick.  I kill characters off quite a bit.  Not in a George R.R. Martin or even Steven Moffat way; the emotional trauma I might cause myself would be asylum worthy if I were to venture down that path.  Nonetheless, I do tend to find a great death scene to write.  Something I have said since the beginning and can shout from the rooftops…..EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON.  No matter how lighthearted or gut-wrenchingly dark things get, there is a purpose for everything that I write and it may not even be clear until you reach the final book; I write for the long haul.  For some characters I realize that they are meant to have their demise as part of something highly entertaining or a need for vengeance that even the reader is screaming for.

Since we live in the land of spoiler alerts, I guess I should say if you have not read the first book SPOILER AHEAD….

Greco’s death serves the biggest purpose of the entire series.  I know people have told me they’re either team Greco or Team Isaac which I have to always answer, “Why not be Team Tessa?”  Both are what makes her who she is.  Greco’s death sets the stage for everything she becomes as the Queen of the Levé’s, the main reason I labeled the first book of the series Rise of a Queen.

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Through all this, I still have to say I haven’t really answered the true question beyond the basics.  YES, YES, YES, I mourn my character’s deaths….the ones that I have cultivated and molded for years until their very last breath.  The necessity sometimes breaks my heart and for some people, they want to deny that death understandably.  I have been working on this series since the early 2000’s when I wrote a small bit, set it aside and didn’t pick it up again until a dear friend prodded me with such tenacity it had awaken something inside of me.  With guidance and suggestions Tessa became who she was and The Vampire Realm became so real I could close my eyes and see everything inside of it.  It has consumed me ever since and as I am working on this final book of the series I believe I will mourn The Vampire Realm itself, but at the same time feel pleased and accomplished for giving my baby the life and excitement it contained.

To all the villains that I happen to not mourn…….all I can say is I have raised many a wine glass in your demise and take solace in the fact that I can feel better by simply going back and turning to those pinnacle pages at any time I feel the need.

 

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Just In Time For The Holidays

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Just in time for the holidays, I will be offering up both books, Rise of a Queen and Of Darkness and Light, in one ebook for the price of $5.99. THAT’S 570 PAGES FOR $5.99. Tell me that’s not a steal? At this moment This are available at:
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It’s here.. take a look!

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As promised, here is your first look at “Of Darkness and Light”

Tessa looked at the reflection, shallow in the glass, but what looked back at her was not her face.

Things are amiss my dear, you delve deeper than you could ever possibly imagine.” Liana’s dark eyes, brown locks, and red lips smirked at her. “You are not the saint you perceived yourself to be and now Pandora’s Box has been opened.”

Moments flashed as Tessa stared in horror as the face morphed into Desdemona’s, with her raven locks flowing as regal as she ever was. “You murdered me and now you have become me.” Her laugh wickedly echoed invisibly in Tessa’s ears. “How proud the child Queen must be now.”

No!” Tessa screamed aloud and slammed her fist against the window, cracking it just slightly. She leaned her head onto the window and as the images of her enemies disappeared, she looked through the cracks. Below the streets were empty, lights brightly shining into every dark corner. It was the world she had created, cold and desolate and vile, not the one she imagined from years before with peace, happiness, and co-existence.

You are doing your best,” The soft words of her beloved disassembled the wicked words of the Krone Queens. She did not see his image in the window. Instead she closed her eyes and saw vividly the embodiment of her lover, her king, her Greco. His words rang through in her mind. “I would have done no different.”

But somehow I feel like I have failed. I’ve failed the Nation, the Levé’s and most importantly you, your memory, and your honor.” She thought to herself in response.

You have not failed me. You had a hope, something I didn’t quite understand but it was YOUR hope. For that I would never be let down. You are doing what needs to be done and I want you to remember you are a strong vampire, a leader, and most importantly a strong queen. Reign strong, my love.”

Pssst? Are you ready?!

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BRRR! It’s cold out there! All this cold weather, we couldn’t help but curl up with our favorite book with a nice warm drink, or wine, of course!

With the much anticipated follow up to “Rise of a Queen” the second book in The Vampire Realm series “Of Darkness and Light”, we know our fans are on their toes waiting for any sign of life from Tessa and her clan.

Over the next few weeks, JS Riddle will be releasing teasers from her new novel to help feed your addiction!

Stay tuned and check back often, as you never know when we will reveal them!

Title reveal

I did made a promise that I was going to do a title reveal and I will stick with it.  The development of this book has been a slow and bumpy progress due to life kind of getting in the way tremendously but I can assure you I’ve been back to work and have a lovely assistant, we’ll call her Moon Baby because it’s an awesome name and I won’t embarrass her this way, who has been prodding me back into the driving lane toward my own goal.  It’s quite hard to wrangle me sometimes so I completely appreciate everything she has done for me and for sticking by my side.

As time goes on, more information about book two will be coming at you in many different forms so be on the look out for it.  For now…..title reveal.

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 I will do my best to not spoil it for anyone who has not read the first book, but I can’t promise I won’t reference something as I give teasers for the future.  For now, I just want to say that I came up with this title because it is going to focus on many characters, both of darkness and light, good and evil.  You’re going to learn more about the path’s set for not just Tessa but her family and foes.  This book will focus on their journey’s as well and how each action intertwines with another because as you haven’t already figured out by reading Rise of a Queen everything happens for a reason no matter how dark it is.

So think about the title, go back and look at the synopsis of the story here and get the gears turning on what will be coming at you in the near future in The Vampire Realm.