When I first planned out The Gatekeeper’s Saga back in 2010, it was actually The Gatekeeper’s Trilogy. I was amazed by the outreach from readers asking me to please continue the series. I was more than happy to comply to their wishes, because I wasn’t ready to let go of the characters yet, either.
Even now, I am actually crying like a baby as I write this post. Yes, my kids probably think I need to be admitted! But I am sitting here sobbing because I am so overwhelmed with emotions.
I am, first of all, HAPPY that I was able to accomplish what seemed like the most daunting ambition to the newbie author I was four years ago. The idea putting ONE book out into the universe to be loved (or not) by readers was terrifying enough, not to mention three, and then six! Thankfully, the majority of readers have loved Therese’s story (more than not), and I’m proud of myself for finishing it. I am truly satisfied with the ending I gave to my beloved characters.
But I am also SAD! Oh, here come the tears again! I am SAD that I won’t be crafting more adventures for my favorite cast of characters. Their adventures continue, but not in my books (at least, not until I write Hermes and Hestia! When I write that book, I will be able to visit the entire cast again, even though they will all be secondary characters. That book isn’t slated to be written for another year, but at least I’m not saying goodbye forever!).
And I am also EXCITED! I can’t wait to read what everyone thinks of the conclusion to my biggest project to date. So please, please, please! Hurry up and read and tell me what you think! I will be anxiously scouring Goodreads and all the retailers for your reviews!
I am also DETERMINED to give you more adventurous stories and lovable characters to make you want to read and read and read! For readers of suspense, The final book in The Purgatorium Series will release in mid-February. And for those of you who can’t get enough gods and goddesses, I’m working on The Vampires of Athens–a three-book series which combines Greek mythology and vampire lore.
And, finally, I am GRATEFUL to all of you for your support, encouragement, and feedback. I can’t speak for all writers, but for me, the best part of creating stories is reading the reactions written by readers in their reviews, tweets, and Facebook posts. Every time I stumble upon a phrase like, “This whole saga is amazing!”, my soul soars! I just love knowing that my creations have given others an exciting ride. (There’s probably a name for that. It’s probably some kind of disorder. And probably most artists suffer from it.)
So thank you for going the journey with me! I hope you will tag along for the rest of the ride!
If you’d like to celebrate the release of this final book with me and some of the characters from the saga, please join us on Facebook on October 1st at 7 PM CST. Ten games and ten prizes!