Conflictions of an Author:
You write a story, the first in a series, and you publish it for the world to deem it worthy or not. Surprisingly, it gets a pretty good review and following for a new, indie-published author.
Taking all the commentary from reviewers, you develop a second and a third book, but you know you aren't doing the original story justice by keeping to the tone it's been set in, which was great for the story at the time, for the upcoming books. So, you take a leap, and huge risk, by changing the genre so no one is surprised when you add more adult language, sex (though I'm trying to keep an implicit tone for that), and another main character and you HOPE your fans wont hate it. You PRAY you wonder anger those who have fallen in love with the original character and love story. And you BEG the powers that be out there, that this wont be the downfall of your writing career.
All that said, I am constantly reminding myself that I'm not just writing this story for the story fans. I'm also writing this for me. This was a dream I had when I was twenty, woke up and wrote a one page short story to remind myself later when I wanted to actually write it. A few days later I added a few pages, then nothing for another five years. Then I added a whole other 150 pages. It was just the climax and ending I was missing, which didn't get finished until 8 years later, when someone recommend I finish the novel before turning it into a script, which I still have plans for.
Here I am, nine months later, I have a pretty significant, to me at least, fan following for The Hunt series. I try to answer their questions in the next books, sealing up plot holes when they were pointed out to me, or offering closure when I didn't in the previous book. But in this, I am going to have to take a large risk and write it how it was meant to be, like I had been. Young Adult comes with a lot of restrictions and expectations, let me tell you. But I want to try and honor the story and characters for the fans who have fallen love with them.
I hope this makes sense. I am writing a particularly turning point sort of scene right now in Truce and I really hope it doesn't upset you all.
Thanks for reading.
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