Monday, December 22, 2014

And Then She Wrote: THE END

By Kate Collins

My seventeenth Flower Shop Mystery is due to my editor this week, and for the last few days I have been struggling to write the last chapter. This is not due to writer’s block or not plotting out the story well enough or my bout with the 24-hour flu or all the Christmas preparations or  -- well, okay, it has been a little bit due to the flu and Christmas.

It’s my emotions. They’ve run amok. And I have no one to blame but myself -- or Abby Knight -- so let’s blame her.

I’ve been looking forward to finishing this book because I knew the ending would be dramatic, but for that reason I’ve also been dreading it. I write from my heart, and when emotions are high for my characters, they are sky high for me. If my words didn’t have that effect on me, it probably wouldn’t on you either, so in a way it’s the price I pay for a darned good ending, if I may say so myself.

And I’m the writer, so I do say so myself. Who else would? (Can you tell I’m a little gleeful and even a bit punch drunk from seeing those glorious two words: THE END?

But, man, it’s hard on my eyes. I just couldn’t get through this one scene without tears falling.  I even started to cry just describing it to my author assistant/son when I told him what I had in mind. The test will be whether it has that effect on my editor. I always love to see a note in the margin “Wonderful! Made me cry!”

And please don’t worry. They are happy tears, just like at the end of SEED NO EVIL and A ROOT AWAKENING (Oops. You haven’t read that one yet. It’ll be out February 3 , 2015.)

Now I need to celebrate with Marco and Abby. Another case closed. Another tragedy averted. A lot of mishaps and laughs along the way.

Will you join me in a virtual glass of champagne?  Here’s to finishing a job! Here’s to number 17, FLORIST GRUMP.

Here’s to you for reading them. I’m so grateful for your support. So MERRY CHRISTMAS, HAPPY HANUKKAH, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all!

What are you grateful for as you end your year?