I’m always gobsmacked by how passionate you Champions are about my work. It’s a delight–and a shock–that I don’t think will ever fade! But sometimes your enthusiasm for a book is even greater than my enthusiasm for that project!
Rock-Star-Assistant Meg commonly fields emails asking for really deep details–like exact character heights, what happens to secondary characters after a book’s “The End” or backgrounds/origins for side characters.
I’m so honored Champions love the books that much that they want to know those details! I will never stop feeling awed and loved because Champions want to know more.
The problem is that as of 2020, I’ve written and launched 40 books. That is a lot of characters, world building, and events to keep track of. Combine that with all the novels I’d like to write (which at the moment between spin offs, sequels, and new series, I’m set for the next ten years easily in terms of book ideas) and you’ve got more information that I can reasonably keep track of.
Moreover, as an author friend of mine says, Authors write to get stories out of our brains. While my characters might feel like old friends–Severin, Elle, Britt, Merlin, and all my old characters will forever be in my heart–my focus is always on the projects/books I have planned for the next year or so.
Soooo when you ask me what Donaigh from Sleeping Beauty’s exact height measurements are…I genuinely have no idea.
The truth is that details like that get lost in my brain–particularly in a series like Timeless Fairy Tales where I’m obsessively trying to make sure all the hidden secrets and plot twists I inserted in there for Angelique’s series are all working together so the final “picture” is complete and tied together correctly. It gets even worse when the details are from a past series like King Arthur and Her Knights that I haven’t touched in years. My past books get buried by future books and plotlines that I haven’t written but I’ve already started mentally planning them out so I can figure out how to layer clues for the eventual ending! (ie: the drinking blood subplot in Hall of Blood and Mercy!)
But that doesn’t mean you can’t dream up your own backstories for my secondary characters, or decide on someone’s eye color yourself! 🙂
The delightful thing about books is that 100 people can read it and walk away with 100 different thoughts about it. So I give you permission to use your imagination and think of who you would like that secondary character to end up with! (Because chances are, I probably haven’t thought of it much since I wrote the book!)
That’s all for today’s frequently-asked-questions-blog-thingie! Thanks for reading, Champions! 😉 For a bit of fun, why don’t you share your favorite not cannon (not confirmed in the books) detail, character story, or wish down below?! I’ll share mine! I day-dream that Giannine from Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde makes up with her dad and gets the happy family she wanted! And as for a favorite non-cannon detail from my own books, I’d like to think that Phile and Oskar (ahahah I can’t even remember how to spell his name anymore) ended up together and ruled sly-ly over the Thieves Guild which they used to support Rakel.