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?

24 comments:

Melody Gonser said...

Thank you for being such a great author. I love your books. I am looking forward to reading it. I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season.

Melody Gonser said...

I am grateful for everything. I thank God for all he has given me. I am especially grateful to have healthy children and grandchildren. May you have a restful, peaceful, contented Holiday Season.

Anonymous said...

I loved this...and thanks for being the emotional tester...
Marilyn

Dru said...

Congrats on writing the end. Now I can't wait to read this one too.

Happy Holidays!

Billie Jackson said...

Congrats on completing your 17th book in the series.. And thank you for assuring us that the tears are happy tears, even though we would expect that. This blog makes me anxious to read the book!

mary kennedy said...

Congrats, Kate! Writing the words "the end" is something magical to a writer. Enjoy the Holidays!

Kate Collins said...

Thank you, Melody! Same to you.

Kate Collins said...

It's a tough job but someone has to do it. LOL. Thanks, Marilyn.

Kate Collins said...

OOOH, Dru, I can't wait for you to read it.

Kate Collins said...

Ahh. My job is done. Thanks, Billie.

Kate Collins said...

Same to you, friend!

Karen in Ohio said...

What a nice way to skid into the holidays, writing "THE END" on a project, tying it up in a pretty red bow, so to speak.

I'm enormously grateful for many things, including our connection. Merry Christmas, dear Kate, and may you have a happy, healthy and prosperous 2015.

Grandma Cootie said...

Congratulations! It feels so good to finish something and know you have done so well.

I am thankful for so much - our health most of all, after a few scary procedures, our beautiful great-grandchildren that just keep coming and coming, being retired and having more time to read and enjoy these wonderful blogs. Happy Holidays!

Lorraine Bartlett said...

I hear you. I spent last week getting one of my ebooks ready for print (Evolution) and had to reread it. I was surprised that I cried a couple of times while reading it. Sometimes our characters are just as real to us as our family members. At least, that's my story and I'm sticking with it.

Aurian said...

Wow you scared me a bit there, that it would be the end of the series. Congrats on finishing the book!

Anonymous said...

What Aurian said ^ ! I am so happy for you...#17!...my oh my! I love this series and am looking forward to many additions to come. Merry Christmas!

Lynn in Texas said...

Me, too, glad it was happy tears and not the TOTAL end. Cheers to you, Kate, Marco & Abby. I'm surrounded by family and friends, and a pile of good books, wishing you a Merry Christmas, Kate!

Kate Collins said...

Thank you, Melody.

Kate Collins said...

Merry Christmas to you, too, Karen! I'm so glad we had a chance to meet and become friends.

Kate Collins said...

Same to you, dear.

Kate Collins said...

Agreed!

Kate Collins said...

AACK! Not the end!! I want to take this series at least to #20 . . . . as long as readers keep wanting to read the books.

Kate Collins said...

Merry Christmas to you, too! I am so happy that you love the series. That's MY Christmas gift.

Kate Collins said...

You, too, Lynn. Thanks for being a fan of my series and of the Cozy Chicks. We always appreciate your comments.