I want to assure anyone who happens to visit this blog that I will do my best to keep out any spoilers for my books both in the blog posts and comments section. I personally hate spoilers. I don’t even like to watch movie trailers, because they reveal too much. Some of my blog posts will discuss my books, but not all. When I do discuss my books, I will do so in general terms.
I had a regular blog a couple of years ago, and it was hacked and destroyed. I don’t know if I will be as active on this one as I was back then.
Now, to the post….
Initially, I had no plans to make The King of Clayfield into a series. I wrote the first book so it could stand alone. I have read some reviews of the first book that mention a cliffhanger ending, but I’m not sure why they would think that except that the narrator is telling the story eight months later. I thought the ending of the first book was adequate and final enough. While there was no resolution to the zombie situation, I didn’t feel like I’d left any wild loose ends. The zombies weren’t really the main focus of the story anyway. Also, since the story is in first person, you have to accept that there are some things the narrator just does not know.
I will agree that the second book had a “cliffhanger” ending, but only in the sense that there was more story to tell. As the word count climbed on the second book, I realized the story would not be resolved. At first, I did try to include the first few chapters of what would be the third book with the second, but no matter where I cut it off, it would leave the reader with questions. So I made the decision to leave Sara’s situation unanswered. I understand why some would readers dislike that, but sometimes the story that comes after the story just won’t fit and must be given its own room. I did try end the second book in such a way that it wouldn’t feel abrupt.
I do not intend to write a fourth Clayfield book, but I will never say never. I ended the third book in such a way that the series could be over. If I do come back to it, I will probably set the story further into the future rather than pick up where I left off. I think writing a story set in a world after the zombies waste away would be interesting.