I often joke and blog about having strong characters, characters who are so real that writing a book is more like providing background scenes and watching them to see what they do. You just have to write it down. It’s a great concept until the storyline ends. Especially when the characters don’t want it to!
When I finished Spirit of Life and ended the Rise of the Fifth Order trilogy, I had every intention of being done with the world of Myrrah. But… they just didn’t want to go. They pointed out that Darag, angry as he was, was going to confront the Ashanti to ‘deliver’ the message from Jeif and Leifa. Zhao was going to head home with a chip on his shoulder. Ria is trying to create a Fifth Order, comprised of a group of people who had been persecuted for centuries by the other Four Orders. Niri and Khodan are moving in with the dragon Isha. And on top of all THAT, Sinika is going to be imprisoned in Solaire, which now houses the Sphere of Fire. There are so many problems there it isn’t funny.
So yeah, I liked the problems, but what was the point to the whole thing? Problems do not make a novel, I pointed out to the rowdy bunch in my head. Then they told me.
I wish I could make a pitch that good. They got me hook, line, and sinker! They revealed bits about Myrrah that had leaked into the first trilogy but I hadn’t known why or had not thought them important. They are. I feel like I know now what the real story is about and how big it is. And it is BIG and exciting!