On Writing The Last Book In A Series - Guest Post by Helen Scheuerer

On Writing The Last Book In A Series…

When Aditi offered me the opportunity to write a guest post on writing the last book in a series, I was relieved. The third and final book in my trilogy, WAR OF MIST was done and finally, I had a space to talk about all the turbulent emotions I was feeling about the conclusion of this wild ride.

I went in blind when I started writing The Oremere Chronicles. I didn’t really understand how big a commitment writing a series was. Completing one book is a big deal, but three…? Every time I placed a finished book on my shelf I was in a bit of a daze, but finishing War of Mist (the third and final book) was even more surreal. In part, I was so glad to be at the end of the road - I’d been with these characters for over three years and I was starting to feel restless (not to mention exhausted). But then, there was another part of me that was sad the journey was ending. I kept having realisations throughout the process like, this is the last time I’ll be writing the first draft of an Oremere book, or this is the last Oremere copyedit I’ll do.

When Aditi and I first floated the idea of this guest post, she used the term “bitter sweet”, and that’s actually a perfect summary. This series has been such a massive part of my life and has offered so many opportunities, but at some point, every author has to learn to move on.

I’ve been asked about writing the final chapter and what it felt like a fair bit lately. It’s something that’s difficult to describe without sounding like a mad person. The last chapter in War of Mist drained me emotionally. I suppose it’s a lot like saying goodbye to friends you’ve known for years, and being proud of who’ve they’ve become and what they’ve achieved. It’s knowing that they’ll be out in the world somewhere, but you probably won’t see them again. Told you I’d sound like a mad person…

One thing I don’t think a lot of people realise is that an author changes drastically over the course of writing any book, not to mention a series. You grow not only as a writer, but as a person. I’m vastly different from who I was back in 2016 when I first started writing Heart of Mist. Over those three years or more, I’ve had numerous jobs, I’ve travelled, moved house three times, lived alone, moved countries and gone full-time as an author. All of those things and everything in between influence an author’s writing and productivity, and change how they feel about their craft and their finished books…

What I’m trying to say, is that writing the last book in a series is a unique experience. It not only makes you reflect on the books you’ve written, but also the time that’s passed over the course of writing and publishing the series. And while The Oremere Chronicles is the first series I’ve written, I imagine the sentiment will be the same, no matter how many I publish down the track.

WAR OF MIST, the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s The Oremere Chronicles is slated for release July 25. You can add it on Goodreads here

Title: War Of Mist (Dream of Mist #1)
Author: Helen Scheuerer
Publication Date: July 25th 2019
Publisher: Talem Press
Part of a Series?: Yes, Book 3/3 of the Oremere Chronicles
Pre-order on: Amazon
Blurb Description: Toxic mist drives all life to the brink of destruction and the conqueror queen, Ines, has her talons in the kings of the realm.
Bleak, having discovered her true heritage, must now scour the lands for the one thing that might save them all. 
But the search is a treacherous one – and it will push her to the very limits of endurance. 
Amidst secrets, lies and the intricacies of battle, Bleak and her companions learn just how far they’ll go for the ones they love. But will it be enough?
As deadly forces grapple for power across the continents, families, friends and allies unite to take one final stand.
Explosive revelations, heart-wrenching betrayals and breathtaking magic soar in the epic conclusion to Helen Scheuerer’s bestselling trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles. 
Helen ScheuererHelen Scheuerer is a YA fantasy author from Sydney, Australia. Heart of Mist is the first book in her high fantasy trilogy, The Oremere Chronicles. It explores themes of identity, belonging, loyalty, addiction, loss, and responsibility.

Helen is also the Founding Editor of Writer’s Edit (www.writersedit.com), an online literary magazine and learning platform for emerging writers. It’s now one of the largest writers’ platforms in the world.

Helen’s love of writing and books led her to pursue a Bachelor of Creative Arts, majoring in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong and a Masters of Publishing at the University of Sydney.

Helen is now a full-time author living by the beach.

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