The actual ending of the series is so right for the characters that I actually found it really satisfying to compose. There were moments earlier on in the book when I wept—a first for me. I know there will be moments in the future when I miss some of the characters—not Luce and Daniel, I don’t think (we really said goodbye to each other on the best terms). But for now, I’m looking toward the future, toward new characters and new worlds and new love stories.
Are you excited to move onto new projects? Is the freedom a little daunting?
I'm definitely excited about working on my newest project. The success of the Fallen books surprised me, but I think I've learned to funnel the support from my fans and all the momentum from that experience into creating a new series.
What's been your most rewarding moment writing?
The whole process really, from the actual writing and rewriting to publishing and meeting the fans, has been rewarding. I've enjoyed finishing each book, seeing the jpeg of the cover concept for the first time, and being able to meet my fans in person on tour. It's an exciting process and I think each part is pretty rewarding and humbling.
And the most difficult?
One of the difficulties in writing a series is that I think it’s important that the series grow up as readers up. Even though Luce only ages by a few weeks in the span of time between books, readers are aging about nine months to a year from the time one book is published to the time the next one is released. I try to grow Luce up in big leaps with each book, much like readers do.
It can be easy to overlook the amount of historical detail in a book while caught up in the romance, but I remember you posting photos of enormous piles of myth and history books while writing Passion, and I'm sure we only saw a fraction of them. Just how much time did you spend on researching writing the series?
With Fallen, I had to start from scratch because I knew very little about Angelology. I read everything I could on Heaven, Hell, angels and demons—in the bible, in apocryphal texts like the books of Enoch, in critical research, and in fiction like Paradise Lost. Passion was more rooted in history and location. Many of the scenes in the book took place in settings I had visited—Chitzen Itza, Versailles, Jerusalem, The Globe in London--but many of the others are lifted from some of my favorite settings in novels I've loved. You'll see allusions to Hemingway in the Milan hospital, to Bulgacov in the Moscow chapter, to Wilkie Collins and Gaitskill in Helston, just to name a few.
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