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Uncaged- The finish Line

Uncaged has been a story that wrote itself and I felt as if I was being told the story as I was writing it. I thought that meant that it would be easy to finish and get to the editor. That was my mistake. Although there have been some personal life issues that have come up and limited my time to work on the edits and re-writes. On top of that there has also been this unwillingness to want to finish this book. I have spent a lot of time mulling over why that is. This book is no more important to me that any of my other stories and I don't have the fear of inaccuracy of the relationship that I had with Blackwell Rising.

My conclusion is that I don't want to say goodbye to these characters. This will be my first stand alone novel. Both Blackwell Rising and Deadly Betrothed are the first in a series of books. Those characters will continue on through the other books in the series, even if they are not the focus of the story. This is the only book that I currently have planned for the characters in Uncaged. The finish line is close at hand and I am going to cross it in the next few days no matter what, but I find a reluctances to finish the edits and send them off to Colin for editing.

This brought me to an interesting conclusion that I feel a sense of loss at finish the story about these characters. Once this story if over and the book is done then I will be finished with these characters and that feels like losing a friend or a group of friends. At the same time I feel a little silly about feeling that way about characters in a book. I know that I created these characters and that I have spent a lot of time developing them and bring out each of their stories with in the flow if the book and how each of their stories intertwine with one another in order to create the whole of their relationship.

So the question then remains how am I going to get past this in order to finish the book? I have to do what all authors do and trust my characters in the hands of the readers that will encounter them as they read the story once it is released. I have put in the time to make these characters as real as I can and now I have to trust that I have done my job as an author and it is time to allow them to go out into the world and introduce themselves to the readers. It is not an easy thing to do and I know now that there will be more doubt and nervousness as the release date comes closer. However, having an understanding of the uneasiness makes it easier to deal with.


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