So as I work on ILLUMINATION, which I currently envision as the final book in the Penton series, I’m running across some issues. So, dear readers, today, you’re my sounding board and therapy group, rolled into one.
Problem No. 1. Motivation. I write better with deadlines and my publisher has decided they are no longer interested in the series, as they are no longer publishing paranormal books. So that means that I, me, moi, must write it, edit it, do a cover for it, format it, proof it, publish it, and market it…or pay someone else to do some of those things (well, not write it. Although….) So forcing myself to meet my own deadlines is a struggle when there are things to do that I’ve neglected for several years, like sleeping. To be truthful, however, my best motivation is you, the readers, who have asked me when when when will Penton continue.
Problem No. 2. The Universe. With ALLEGIANCE, i introduced shifters and humans into the Penton world, so now I’m kinda stuck with them. How big a role do I want them to play? Or do I want to hone in on my core group of characters–Aidan, Krys, Mirren, Glory, Will, Randa, Melissa, Mark, and Cage (plus the bad guys from the Tribunal)?
Problem No. 3. The Hero. I know how the series ends. I know who wins and who loses. That’s what I call the “plot arc,” and I’ve known that for couple of books. But in ALLEGIANCE, I set up Nik Dimitrou as the hero of ILLUMINATION. Nik is human, although I love him as a character. I think I can make him work as a hero, and even have an idea of a woman for him. But he’s a human. Is that a problem to have a human be the hero of the final book in a vampire pnr series?
Problem No. 4. Hannah. I have tiptoed around Hannah for the entire series because when vampires feed it can be a sensual high for the feeder, and we’re talking on the one hand about a 200-year-old vampire but we’re also talking about an 11-year-old child who also happens to be a vampire. That’s creepy territory I do NOT want to enter but If this is the final book in this story arc, I need to deal with Hannah and what her life going forward might look like.
So, there are my Penton problems. I will overcome them. I haz a few ideas. I’m open to more. Maybe this last book is less a new love story but a set of love stories entertwined, with Aidan and Krys back at the center–at the end of the series as they were at the beginning. That is the direction in which I’m leaning.
And does this have to be the last one? Well, right now, I’m thinking yes…until those who survive the Penton wars join the cast of Storm Force…
Thoughts, oh Penton fans?