Thursday, July 12, 2012

A Speaking Engagement and a Question

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Last April I was asked to speak at the Utah Library Association Conference. What an honor it was to meet so many wonderful librarians.

Sarah Eden
At that conference, Kim Griffins, the directory of the Tremonton City Library, asked if I would like to speak at her library this summer. I said I'd love to.

But I'm not the only author who will be there. My friend and fellow author, Sarah Eden, will be there as well. Sarah writes regency romance, and I write romantic suspense and YA time travel.

So the time has come. This Saturday, July 14th, at 4:00 PM in the Garland Armory just north of Tremonton, Utah, Sarah and I will be speaking about our paths to publication.

We'd both love to see you. And, of course, we'll have copies of our novels just in case you want to see what we write and have a yearning to buy one of our books. ;)

Now for my question . . .

I'm working very hard to complete a novel that I promised to send to my publisher by the end of August. Today I'm working on the last few chapters. Sometimes those are the hardest to write. Everything has to come together. The climatic scene has to be rich, fully developed, and logical. All the questions that have been planted in the story have to be answered. And then there's the epilogue where all is well. An epilogue for me is that last bite of chocolate that lingers on your tongue and brings a smile to your face.

So here's my question.

For writers: what do you find the most difficult thing to write as you come to the end of your story? The climatic scene? Or the epilogue?

For readers: What do you like most about the ending of a good story?

And just to sweeten the question--

 --here's some virtual chocolate.



  1. First of all, congratulations on your success. I am anxious to get my hands on a copy of your book. I love reading and I dabble in writing (personal stuff only so far)so for me the thing I like most about the ending of a good story is the feeling that I don't want it to end. I like to feel as if the characters continue on living a life somewhere in this crazy world and maybe someday I'll meet them on a page again.

    1. I understand how you feel about a good book and not wanting it to end. I hope you'll be able to find my book. :)

  2. Congratulations on the honors! I believe they picked some wonderful speakers and I wish I was there!

    For me, writing the climactic scene is harder because everything leads up to that few pages and if you give your readers too much, they'll hate it AND if you don't give them enough, they'll feel cheated.

    Ooooh the pressure!

    1. Oh I know what you mean, Christina. A writer walks a fine line of writing too little or too much. Always a balancing act. :)



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