I Simply Had To Go All Out
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The Binding of the Three Roses finds Sean and Callie forced to test their grit, once again, to put a stop to evil ambitions. What did you want to do differently in the final installment in the series?
Clearly, I wanted to have more action! As a rule, I tend to pull back on action scenes because I don’t want my stories to seem like Hollywood movies where there are tons of fighting and all the good guys make it out relatively unscathed. But since I wanted this series to end on a rather biblical note, I needed to go all out and lift some of the barriers on magic I instilled. I generally can’t make a magic system too powerful or else I’ll open myself to plot holes that savvy readers can spot, but in some exceptions, like this ending, I simply had to go all out.
I also wanted to put my two main characters through the ringer. I can foresee some readers thinking that Sean and Callie aren’t really good for each other, so I wanted to change their minds by putting the characters through some turbulence yet come out okay in the end.
Was there anything that surprised you or that you didn’t plan on happening with your characters?
There were few surprises for me, even though I did have to make some changes. But yes, I was surprised at the confrontation between Callie and her ex-boyfriend. At first, I wanted the former flame to lash out at her out of wounded pride, but instead I reimagined the scene to enhance the shock factor. What better way to give readers a good idea of what they’re in for?
Do you feel like you’ve accomplished everything you wanted to in The Three Roses trilogy?
Absolutely. I’ve had some reviewers express confusion over the messaging of the story, claiming that some of the rough content conflicted with the inserted Christian ideology. But the thing is, bad things happen in this world of ours even though there are religious faiths that preach the virtues of love and forgiveness. Of course, you could argue that these virtues exist BECAUSE bad things happen, and I wanted to reflect that in this story. I also wanted to demonstrate that while the decision to follow a religious faith can be noble, it can be fraught will pitfalls. People will not only challenge you but also take advantage of you for self-gain.
What are your future writing goals? Do you plan to start a new series?
No plans on writing anything. For now, I’ll try to look for ways to effectively promote my books, and I’ll see how it goes from there.
The search for the elusive Three Roses is at an end. After enduing calamity and heartbreak over the past year, Sean and Callie have decided to settle down. Together, they seek a simple life in a lord’s service and find solace in each other’s company. For a time, it seems they have nothing more to worry about.
However, last autumn Sean had unknowingly disrupted the plans of powerful men. Solomon Fontana, leader of a secretive order of magi, needs Sean’s help to reverse what was done so he can achieve a lifelong dream. But after Sean proves unable to meet Solomon’s demands, both he and Callie will have to go through torture and torment to put a stop to evil ambitions.
Join our heroes in this final installment of the epic Three Roses saga–where there will be hell to pay. Note: This book contains mature and graphic content.
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