Monday, August 22, 2016

Endings by Christine Johnson


These days my heart is heavy, because my beloved kitty of 17 years is nearing the end of her life. She has thyroid and kidney disease. Though she has lived a long, happy life, I’m having a hard time letting go.

my kitty


 

That made me think about series and the characters we come to know so well over the course of many books. As an author, I love to write series and to explore the many interesting characters in a town or location. With each book, more is revealed. As a reader, I feel the same way and mourn a bit when a series ends.

 

When I ended the books set in Pearlman, Michigan, I knew it was time to say goodbye. That didn’t mean the farewell wasn’t bittersweet. A few tears were shed. Do you enjoy series or books set in the same location? Why or why not?

Love by Design
The last Pearlman book



The wonderful thing about ending a series is that a new one can begin. I loved the opportunity to set a new series, Boom Town Brides, in a real-life place that has long fascinated me—Singapore, Michigan. No, you won’t find this town on today’s maps, but it once existed and had a fascinating end after the lumber boom was over. The first book in the series, Mail Order Mix Up, came out in April, and the next one, Mail Order Mommy, will be released in November.

Mail Order Mix Up
Book 1 of Boom Town Brides


 

What do you like best about series?

 

 

Christine Johnson

http://christineelizabethjohnson.com

Mail Order Mix Up (LIH, April 2016)

Mail Order Mommy (LIH, November 2016)

15 comments:

Mary Alford said...

Christine, your post made me cry. We had to say goodbye to our sweet boxer Tyson this year and it still is sad.

It is hard to say goodbye to a good series because we fall in love with the characters and they become like family.

Great post.

Cate Nolan said...

Christine, I'm so sorry about your kitty. ((((hugs))))
We had to face almost losing our dog twice this winter and it's month by month at this point, so I know how you feel.

As for series, I love them. I love feeling like I've moved into whatever town it is and can settle in and get to know the folks. I love writing them too, because no hero or heroine usually lives in isolation (unless you're writing a Beauty and the Beast book) so it's fun to see the stories of the other folks.

Christine Johnson said...

Big (((hugs))), Mary. It's so difficult to say goodbye to our beloved pets.

I agree. The characters in series do begin to feel like family.

Christine Johnson said...

Cate, that month-to-month part is so tough. Hugs right back at you.

Author Dana Mentink said...

So very sorry. I understand. We lost our sweet dog Nala last September. It's been almost a year and I still miss her like crazy. :(

Jill Kemerer said...

I'm so sorry about your dear kitty. I still miss my Cookie who died six years ago. They just stay in our hearts.

I'm from Michigan and my family has a long history of lumber and sawmills. I grew up around them, that's for sure! Your new series sounds great!

Debby Giusti said...

Christine, so sorry about your kitty. Always hard!

I hate to end a story and always need a little time before I start a new one. Perhaps I'm saying goodbye to the old. It's always a letdown...

Christine Johnson said...

Dana and Jill, our pets are so dear to us. They're our babies. I'm sure I'll miss my sweet girl kitty for a long time.

Christine Johnson said...

Debby, I know what you mean, especially when I get totally wrapped up in the story. It's so hard to pick up another book right away. Saying goodbye to a series is especially tough.

Merrillee said...

Christine, I'm so sorry about your kitty. I've had to say goodbye to too many pets. It's always sad. I love series, too.

Scraproni: Adventures of Single Woman said...

I love series as it helps as u said explore the characters from the previous books and get a more indepth look at minor characters as well. Say good byes to loved ones is hard some u r reasy for n others not so much.

Pamela Tracy said...

I'm typing with a cat head on my hand. Yup, Tyre wants attention so he's next to me.
He's four.
My giant puppy will be a year next month.

I still miss my beloved Aquila, a black and white male cat who will always be the cat of my heart.

Keli Gwyn said...

Christine, I'm sorry your feline friend won't be with you much longer. Losing a pet is hard. They fill a special spot in our hearts and leave a void when they're gone. Hugs to you.

Christine Johnson said...

Thanks for the kind sympathy, Merrillee, Pamela and Keli. Hugs back at you. Pamela, I love how cats aren't shy about letting you know what they want, especially when I'm busy doing something else, like writing a book.

Scraproni, thanks for stopping by. I agree with you about series. I love learning more about the characters too. It also allows us as authors to extend the story of the couples from previous books so we can see their "happily ever after."

Scraproni: Adventures of Single Woman said...

So true