The cliffhanger. I think any writer that has written a series has been faced with this dilemma. Should you leave a reader hanging or try to wrap it up all nice and tidy? I’ve been an avid reader all my life and I have always had a love/hate relationship with the premise of a cliffhanger. I have screamed and swore at the end of a book just like everybody else when I was left hanging on the edge of the literary cliff.
I have also smiled like a Cheshire cat when the next book was put in my hands and I proceeded to devour the words with glee.
Now as an author I am faced with this challenging prospect. When I was writing the Skye Trilogy, I tried to make a great effort to end each book with some sort of finality but I also tried to leave the readers panting slightly for the next installment of my trilogy. It was not an easy task but one I attempted to do as diligently as possible.
The Cursed Charm, the first book of The Fae Witch Series, was difficult though. I had to make a choice to either continue the story or end it with a cliffhanger. I came to the decision that there really was no other option. I had to finish book one where I did because it just would not make any sense or cohesiveness for the next book, The Cursed Wand.
I have asked a few people on their thoughts about this subject and I am getting a variable bag of mixed reviews. Some are adamantly opposed and hate it with every fiber in their being. Others, I have found, are surprisingly okay with it, in fact, many people I have asked say that they find cliffhangers to be a natural part of a series. These people almost seem to relish this type of ending with eagerness.
So what’s a writer to do?
Well my dear readers, my only defense is this, I had to do it because it was essential to the story and the next book. I am not trying to be evil and honestly in the grand scheme of cliff hangers, it is relatively tame. Trust me when I say, us writers, almost always have a plan. We know where we’re going with the story and we only hope our readers have faith in us.
Ok, it might be a little fun too but we writers a different breed of people. We like to torture you a little bit but we do it out of love!
By the way, did you notice I dropped the next book title?
The Cursed Charm
October 28, 2014
The Cursed Wand
February 26, 2015