Sometimes works can stand alone. Their emotional and creative weight is enough to open and close a brief interlude into a world other than our own. Some stories seem to great to condense into one novel. Imagine if JK Rowling would have stopped at The Sorcerer’s Stone. Alright, Voldemort left that dude’s head and ran off… as my two-year-old son says, “ALL Done!” I might not be here on the cusp of finishing my first Kickstarter campaign to legitimately publish a for-real novel. Sometimes, the FIN comes much later.
With Henry and Jack, their journey is long and chocked full of self-discovery, danger, redemption and love. Two hundred and five pages is not enough. The second novel in the Flying Furniture Adventures installment, The Search for the Sacred Heart has been in planning since before the conclusion of The Return of the Great Flyer. There were bits, particularly of the explanatory kind, that I knew would take more time to develop. I am not certain of the penultimate conclusion. I know that the lives of my heroes, my flyers and my villains will evolve with each novel, seemingly taking on lives of their own. I want them to move throughout the thousands of pages of the series naturally; live and die as if it were meant to be. I wonder if writers of these successful series of novels knew the ending at the beginning and just worked on the parts in between. We start here at A and end there at Z; let’s just figure out which roads to take to get there. OR…do they let the events unfold, allowing their imagination and emotions carry their pen, laptop, typewriter keys to an unknown conclusion?
There is always the fear of being cliche or sugar-coating a story. Sure, Snape could have lived and Dumbledore could have risen from the dead. Everyone is happy. No dead Weasleys or Hedwig. Voldemort is gone. Predictable? Yes. And slightly emotionless. My goal is to create characters that are rich, with depth and substance. I want readers to love them, to hate them, to cheer for them. I want a robust storyline with twists and turns. I want readers to feel something and want to come back for more. I guess that is the goal of each writer. The question I still need to answer is how to move to each piece of my puzzle; each novel in the series, creating a seamless flow from A to Z. The Return of the Great Flyer ends in a great place (NO SPOILERS) but there are loose ends that may remain loose until the last possible second before – FIN.
I am happy to say that I am 86% funded in my current Kickstarter Campaign for The Return of the Great Flyer with 12 days left to go. The goal is SO close. Help Henry and Jack get published and pledge and share our Kickstarter with friends and family. Only $25 gets you a limited-edition, Kickstarter-only paperback copy of The Adventures of the Flying Furniture: The Return of the Great Flyer. Check is out at FLYING FURNITURE Kickstarter .