With each book I finish I find myself trying to make the last chapter just as exciting and emotional as the rest of the book. As many authors, I want the reader to enjoy the last pages, instead of skipping over paragraphs to see the last sentence. I feel the final chapter should tie up all the loose strings of the plot(s) and place a pretty bow on top of the hero and heroine’s relationship.
And a couple times I felt a need to write epilogues. You know, when you completed the last regular chapter, and the couple had sworn their undying devotion to each other immediately after killing or locking up the villain. When I wrap up the story with a quick BANG at the end, I feel a need to show the happy couple some days or months later.
The reason I’m blogging about this is that I read several books lately that struggled with their endings. I caught myself skipping the final love scenes -- seen that, been there -- or the long drawn out "I love you" "No, I love you more" scenes. Or they decide to rehash the last few chapters in the final scene of the last chapter. Borinnng! I was paying attention, folks!
So tell me about the endings that you loved or detest. And to keep in with the holiday, let me know what authors, published and unpublished, you’re thankful for their help, encouragement and just plain ole being there for you.
Myself...I’m thankful for Kelley St. John for helping me in so many ways that I cannot even begin to recite, Debbie Matthews for hanging in there and reading some of my worse WIPs, for Elena Pedri who listened to my rants and still likes me, for Christy Reece who gives me some of the best suggestions for my WIPs and the best VP a chapter president could have, for Susan Gail and Larry Keyser who works so hard for Southern Magic and a joy to be around, for every member of Southern Magic that volunteers to help at each of our functions -- couldn’t do it without you -- and for the published authors that support Southern Magic by participating in the Romance Readers Luncheon every year. I’m so thankful to know YOU.