When I set out to write Serenity, I struggled with what exactly to write. I wanted a stand alone book, meaning I didn't want it to be part of a series. I wanted something very different from what I'd written before.
I remembered the first advice anyone gets as a writer. Write what you know. I can't remember when I first heard it. Maybe it was grade school, maybe college, but I distinctly remember hearing over and over again, write what you know.
There are days, many of them, when I'm not sure I know much of anything. There was a long stretch of time when my sons were teenagers that they told me with regularity I didn't know anything. That said, it seemed natural to write about the one thing I've done for nearly a quarter of a century – teaching English.
At first I struggled with finding the voice of the main character. I wrote at least six chapters in third person before I realized that wasn't working for this book. Then I switched to first. Kate had at least five different names before I figured out her real name, but in the end, I tried to stay true to my initial idea. When all else fails...
...write what you know.
In 2010, I made a New Year's resolution to get serious about my writing. This January marks six years and 23 books since that fateful day. Yesterday, the last Avery Nolan novel went live.
I've enjoyed writing this series. It gave me a chance to explore first person narration and was a much lighter story in regards to plot, giving me a break from the serious and challenging writing required to bring Peyton's adventures to life.
While I've loved writing Avery's story, this volume is the final one. There are so many other stories I want to tell and I figured it was time to let Avery live her life in peace.
I hope my readers enjoy her final adventure.