I've been meaning to write this post for a while now but always seem to get distracted … oh, look … SQUIRREL! While some readers love a good cliffhanger, there's also a bunch who say it drives them bonkers. Whether it's because they don't like being left hanging, they're upset that it's a marketing ploy, or they're wanting a better resolution to the story, there's definitely a love/hate thing going on in the book world when it comes to it.
So knowing that, why the heck do I write them?
Good question. Did you know that I have my very own love/hate relationship with cliffhangers? I'm the reader who HATES being left there with my heart pounding and a bazillion thoughts racing through my mind: What just happened? Is there pages missing? How can the author be so cruel? There have been times I've wanted to hunt the author down and shake them, beg them to alleviate my agony of not knowing, but isn't that a sign of something GOOD?
When you're dying to know what happens next … when you are all tied up in knots and wonderful emotions, it means you've been captured. You've been sucked into a world that's entertained you and taken you on a journey. That's the whole point of reading, right? At least, that's why I do it. So as much as I HATE that damn cliffhanger, I secretly ADORE it.
Flip the coin over now and let me change hats. I'm no longer the reader but an author. I'm not going to lie. When I finish each Mystic Wolves story, this is my reaction …
I'm counting on you screaming. I want you cussing me out. I want you desperate to find out what's happening with Darcy, Mason, Devlin, and Daniel. It means I've done my job. It means that I've told the kind of story that captivated you. Do I get some kind of satisfaction from it? Hmmm, maybe a little. Okay, A LOT. As much as I love and hate cliffhangers, they do serve a purpose. Believe me, even though I know what's going to happen throughout the Mystic Wolves series, some things are still hidden from me. Sometimes I won't know an aspect until I type it.
So while some may hate the series and vow never to read another book again, I want to thank those who are brave enough to carry on with me, to those who have fallen in love with the characters as much as I have. The series was set up to be a continuation--meaning as one book ends, the very next line in the following book carries on from where it left off. I can't promise that each ending will get easier to bear, but I can say it's worth the ride. I have so many amazing things in store for you all.
The Mystic Wolves has a projected 12-13 books planned, with a spin-off series also in the works. What began as a three book series has evolved into something beautiful, amazing, and beyond my hopes and dreams. That's because of you, the reader. Thank you so much for all your support … it means the world to me!
Okay, enough chatting, let me get back to plotting my next cliff hanger … it's a DOOZY!
Well done! I agree with you as both an author and a reader. I think cliffhangers keep a reader coming back. . .because deep down inside they HAVE to know what happens next! As a reader I have a love-hate relationship with them, but if the series has my attention nine times out of ten I'll be back!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing Belinda!
My second 'Angels of York' story is set to end as a cliffhanger, hopefully leading the reader to think 'OMG, what just happened there?' Mwuhahaha. Don't blame me though, my Muse told me to do it.ReplyDelete
Just started reading The Mystic Wolves and sm on book 8. Really ticked because I found out it is a cliffhanger and was written in 2017. It us now 2021 and you haven't released book 9. When can it be expected? DisappointedReplyDelete
I'm here 2nd time and the post is as usual useful and valuable content.ReplyDelete
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