Monday’s Friend: J Q Rose
Today I am pleased to welcome fellow MuseItUp author J Q Rose to the blog.
By J Q Rose
Hi Sara Jayne and Readers. I am delighted to be here today.
As a reader, I have a pet peeve when it comes to reading books or watching movies. I bet you do too. I like to have a satisfying ending to the book. (That doesn’t mean every book has to have a happy ending.) I get pretty frustrated with the author/movie maker when they draw me into the beginning of the story, but don’t deliver on the end.
As writers we always work hard to make the first sentence in a story pop to hook the reader. Do you put as much thought into writing the ending of your story? After all, the ending is a reward to the reader for finishing the book, and it should tie up all the loose ends of the sub-plots and main plots in a satisfactory way. When the reader closes the book, she should be happy she spent the time in those pages with your characters and story.
I am a semi-pantser and a semi-plotter. I scribble out a few plans for the plot line, and then I begin writing. This kind of mini-outline keeps me focused on the story so I don’t get carried away with writing scenes that have no reason to be there.
The big question is, do I know the ending for the story before I begin writing it? Yes, I have an idea, but by the time I get to the ending it may change from my original conception.
In Coda to Murder I switched the killer in the blink of an eye. I didn’t even suspect the person until I’d written almost the entire story! See? The mystery was even a mystery to me until the end.
I’ve listed a few things I believe an ending should do for a reader. You are welcome to leave a comment with more suggestions to add to the list. Thank you.
• All readers want a satisfying ending where all sub-plots and major plot questions are answered.
• The ending should be plausible. After reading the ending, don’t have the reader wonder how in the world is that possible.
• Don’t you hate those unbelievable stories where the person wakes up at the end and we readers discover it was all a dream?
• Do not leave the reader hanging in order to sell the next book in the series. (Refer to the first bullet point.) If the reader falls in love with the characters, of course she will look up the sequel to the stories. After investing my time into reading a book, I get grumpy when I discover the answer may be in the next book. Or will I have to buy a third book to wrap up all the loose ends from the previous two books? I like each book to be a stand-alone. In Janet Evanovitch’s Stephanie Plum twenty book series she ties up the loose ends in every book. Her characters relationships keep readers coming back for the next adventure.
• Achieving a balance in revealing the answers to all the questions brought up through the story line is difficult. Authors need not race to reveal the ending because the reader will feel cheated of the emotional buildup, but we shouldn’t drag it out with re-telling the entire plot either.
• Spend as much time on the ending as you do on the first paragraph. Your readers will love you for it.
Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined she would be caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.
Detective Cole Stephens doesn’t want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.
Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?
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After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her mysteries, Sunshine Boulevard and Coda to Murder released by MuseItUp Publishing. Blogging, reading, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.
Connect with J.Q. Rose online at
J.Q. Rose blog http://www.jqrose.com/
Girls Succeed blog http://girlssucceed.blogspot.com/
Author website http://jqrose.webs.com/
J. Q. Rose Amazon Author Page http://tinyurl.com/aeuv4m4
You Tube Book Trailer– http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X9FONg4mJ9g&feature=youtube_gdata