Looks like Dennis left the door unlocked … again.
I’m Kari Holloway, and I’m a writer-holic.
There comes a time in most writers’ worlds where they have to say good-bye to characters. I’m not talking about killing them off, which some authors enjoy doing. I’m talking about the end of a standalone or the end of a series. That singular moment when, for the foreseeable future, these characters won’t be occupying space in our heads, whispering and sometimes shouting their thoughts and actions.
July 2015, I started writing a short story following a marine retiring back into civilian life. The story ended with no idea if his girlfriend lived or died, just the knowledge the same girlfriend had killed their kidnapper. Damien wouldn’t leave me alone, and I wasn’t prepared for the course the book took. I was prepared for happiness, rainbows, and unicorns. But, “Cracked, But Never Broken” was more than just a romance, it was about loving yourself, finding the desire to do what was best for you regardless of where our hearts beg to be true, and perception. It ends in a blazing flame that sparked “Behind the Lens” with Lexi.
“Behind the Lens” showed that the strongest people aren’t always loud. Sometimes loving ourselves doesn’t’ mean we’ve given others permission to love us. That sometimes, we have to take the chance to be happy, and that not everything has to be planned perfectly.
Now two years have passed. The characters are finally ready to slumber. “Never too Late” is sitting in a file on my USB in the complete folder. The paperback is published as of today, and I’m a little sad to see characters happily take their retirement from center stage. They got their happiness, and not exactly the way I expected two years ago. I’m sad because they were my friends who told me their greatest secrets in the dead of night to the clacking of a keyboard, they showed me love and compassion and happiness weren’t exclusive or inclusive. They reminded me the best things in life were fresh air, friendships, and good food. That love isn’t about perfection, it’s about acceptance. It’s about being happy here and now, not living in the past, not dreaming of a future, but about working together with friends and lovers to being happy, healthy, cherished, and desired and above all else, living in the moment, because we would miss the best things in life waiting for a tomorrow that might never come.
Enjoy the Laughing P Series trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKrMAgqe9AI
If you’re interested in learning more about Kari or, maybe her fantasy series, check out her website: https://www.kariholloway.com