Saturday, 23 October 2010

Story Endings--Kurt Chambers

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

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, as I said before, how do you like your stories to end?

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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. Charlotte is so easy to picture in my mind, and the fantasy aspects are brilliant! There are underlying currents of "real life lessons" that are subtly included...ideal for parents looking for that perfect bedtime story to read to their children. I loved the entire premise of the novel and will definitely be purchasing the next ones in this series.

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.


  1. Congrats on finishing Kurt! It depends on the type of book I'm reading or even my mood. I love and hate cliff hangers that lead into the next book in a series. Cliff hangers are irritating but they work so well to get me to keep reading! Neat little writer's trick huh? Of course with Middle Grade, like you said, I prefer happy endings. For mysteries and crime dramas I like having a closed ending, regardless of whether it's good or bad, I just want all the plots tied up. I love TV shows types of thing of crime dramas that wrap up a plot but still have plenty to have another episode with character side stories and such.

    So, I guess I ended up rambling here rather than really answer the question! LOL As long as the ending actually fits the story, then I'm happy. I hate endings that rush or is "too convienient" - ya know, the hero battles tirelessly through the entire book and just as it seems completely lost aliens swoop in and kill the villian at the last minute. What?

    So yea, realistic endings do it for me.

  2. Hi Anastasia :)

    What a great ramble, that's exactly what I love to see on my blog :D I totally agree with you. I'm totally into cliffhangers, but there needs to be closure. Did you see the TV series, Lost? Great cliffhangers at the end of every series, but it just got totally annoying in the end. I never did find out how it ended haha!!

    Thanks for stopping by :)

  3. And I've just noticed, I totally use the expression, totally, way too much :D

  4. Where's Tamara? She moaned I didn't blog enough, and I've posted two and there's not sign of her!

    *waves* Tamara!

  5. I am absolutely a happy ending person. I agree that life has sadness enough, so I go to stories to escape that. I dislike movies (or books) where the bad guy wins the entire time except loses in a rush at the end. I actually like the hero to win a bit during the middle, too. :) I'm a wuss, too. Proud of it!


  6. Congrats indeed, Kurt!

    I'm a happy-kinda-ending-gal too. There's quite enough doom and gloom in the real world in which we live.

    Here's to Happy Ending :)

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  8. Hiya Cyndi :)

    Yay to the wuss :D Most are steering towards a happy ending. That's good news for us happy ending writers, we're in the majority :)

  9. How great to see you here, Wendy :) and thank you!

    Happy endings rule! :D

  10. Come on, Anastasia, spit it out, don't be shy haha!!

  11. Yes, I'm a good ending type of person too. It shouldn't be too predictable, though. I like surprise endings, but it has to be done correctly. There should be some clues throughout the novel, so when the reader reaches the ending, they slap their forehead and think "How did I not see this coming?"

  12. HAHA Kurt. Well I wanted to ask if you would like to join a friend of mine, Elizabeth Mueller, and me on a little blogging project. You know how on a group blog they have a weekly topic and each person writes their own thoughts of the topic each day of the week? Well, this idea is similar except it will span over different blogs on the same day. Elizabeth and I both love and write fantasy and I thought it would be nice to have you join us as a fantasy MG writer. Perhaps do "Fantasy Fridays" twice a week where we have a topic and all of us write our own thoughts on it, linking to each others blogs and such. What do you think?

    I deleted this the first time as I thought to contact you through other means, but you wanted me to spit it out, so there you go! :P Plus, I realized facebook and twitter wouldn't allow such a long explaination! HAHA

    Send me an email (harleydpalmer[at]gmail[dot]com) if you like the idea. We are still hasing out the exact details, so feel free to add in your own thoughts and ideas.

    And once again, I've made an extremely long comment. I'm so long winded! But, you said you like to see long comments/rambles so here's TWO for you!

  13. Annie, you're one of us :D Happy endings make me smile :) that's gotta be good!

    It's nice to know then that you didn't see my ending coming haha!! Did I get it right?

  14. Awwww, Anastasia, that is such a massively generous and kind offer! I am totally honoured that you would ask me. I will send you an email.

    haha!! Yay! You're the longest comment queen :) You should visit my blog more often :D

  15. Your ending is great! Love it! I won't say anymore not to spoil it for all the other unlucky ones who haven't read it yet... which is pretty much everybody. Haha! I'm so lucky! I got to read it FIRST!

  16. I would visit more often if you posted more often! HAHA (Yes, I totally went there!)

    Oh, look at that! A short comment! *gasp*

  17. hahaha!! Yeah, fair play to get the hint. I will try to post more. I'm slowly getting back into things and that is top on my list :)

    Still no sign of Tamara :D

  18. Congrats Kurt on finishing. I bet it feels really good. :D

  19. Thank you so much, Cheree :) It does! It's been a long time since I finished a novel, it's well exciting. I started writing my next one World in Johnny's Back Garden. I only got as far as chapter one.

  20. I'm here, I'm here!!!

    Yay, Kurt! A new blog post! Good for you! And dang, check out that comment trail!

  21. Yay! Tamara's here! :D *ahem* Two posts actually since your last moan :)

    Yeah! It makes me look well popular! Thanks everyone :D