DEBT has exploded in a way I had never anticipated. It’s thrilling, and honestly for me, a little nerve-wracking. It’s the kind of thing I dreamed of when I first published Strapped a year and four months ago: releasing a book that people buzz about. And now it’s happening and I don’t know what to do with myself! LOL.
Anyway, I have been getting a lot of messages. So I figured the best way to address the most common one would be in a blog post: What’s next?
I always intended for DEBT to be a standalone. After writing the long trilogy that is Strapped, I just want to be able to switch from one project to the next. I have so many ideas, and they aren’t all in the same genre. That’s what keeps me fresh, it makes my writing improve. I don’t want to be formulaic as far as putting out the same type of book over and over. I would get bored and lose my passion. I have a very shitty attention span that way. So as soon as I outlined DEBT, I put everything into this one book and I already had others waiting to be written. I still feel that way.
(You might want to stop here if you want to go 100% blind into DEBT.)
I made a decision to end DEBT the way I did. This was the story of the past and present converging to the very spot they end in the book. They end up where they will always inevitably end up, back with each other, for better or for worse. As a reader, I am not a fan of detailed endings that go out into the future and give you a summary of their future lives. As a result, I very rarely write them because I write what I like to read. I know that makes me an outlier, but that’s how I write. To write some picket fence future for Tax and Mia would not be in line with the life they will have to face. Their futures will be complex, not something I could even sum up in an epilogue or novella. And I just want to leave them in their moment of tearful and joyous reunion. That is where I wanted to say goodbye to the characters and their story. They now have each other and will sure as hell need each other to face the pain they have both endured.
Now, I’m not saying never, because I could have a moment of inspiration in the shower and suddenly I am writing a related book.
For now, I will be moving on to my next project which is nothing like DEBT, or Strapped, or GRS. I’ll be posting the title and blurb soon!
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