I'm so excited to announce that this week I have completed my new novel, Unknown Reality. I wrote the final chapter yesterday, and from first impressions from those who have read it, it's been a total success...*phew*...It would be a bit of a choker if it wasn't after spending a year of my life writing it...lol...
This got me thinking about story endings. How do you like a story to end? We are all different, and we all enjoy different things, but for me personally, I'm a happy ending kind of guy. I write middle grade, so I write for children, and I think a happy ending is important when it comes to writing for children. When I read a book, when I finally get to the words THE END, I want to feel good. No, not good, great! That's the effect I want a book to have on me when I've put my time and effort into reading it to the last page. A horrible ending leaves me feeling sad. Why bother? There's enough sadness in real life without some author making me feel even worse. Also, from a child's perspective, a happy ending means hope. Children need hope in their lives. For example, it might be a story about a bully. Ending on a sour note with an unhappy ending where the bully gets away with what they do, and the victim is left scared, may be a good portrait of real life and can be something the reader can relate to, but it gives them no hope.
Obviously, if every story ended like a fairy tale, that could make things a little boring. There are so many different kinds of stories with a million different scenarios, having a happy ending to all of them would just be silly. Some stories just are sad, but still need to be told. I try to avoid those kind of stories, I'm a wus...lol...So, as I said before, how do you like your stories to end?
Truth Teller is now available in all e-book formats from here:
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You can connect with the author at:
Author’s Web page http://kurtchambers.net/
Author’s Blog http://geniusborderinginsanity.blogspot.com/
Truth Teller Reviews:
Dawne Dominique - Multi-published author and professional cover artist.
The Truth Teller is one of the best children's fantasy book I've read in a long while.
Kurt Chambers has captured the genre with a wonderful story that will delight many a child's (and adult's) imagination.
Annie McMahon - Editor, published author and Novel Workshop moderator.
This book has everything a bestseller should have: compelling story, endearing characters, vivid descriptions, genuine emotions, and a lot of surprising twists and turns. This is a story about a friendship that transcends race, gender, age, and even realms, between Charlotte, a ten-year-old girl, and Elderfield, a teenage elf. Beautiful and heartwarming. I strongly recommend it and have reviewed Kurt’s story on my blog, Dutch Hill News.
Ralene Burke – Writer, Editor for Wives in Bloom:
Honestly, I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to read these books. Kurt has written an amazing series that emphasizes such wonderful themes as friendship, family, hope, and faith. I’ve read Truth Teller and Wrath of Siren and, even though they are MG, enjoyed them immensely. If you’re looking for wholesome reads for your children, check out the next big thing for MG.