The third and final book in the Madman's Daughter series is submitted to my editor and is being copyedited right now. What can I tell you about this book? Not the title…yet. But I can tell you it's my favorite of the three. It wasn't necessarily the easiest to write, but it was the most enjoyable. It was truly fun to write, which can't always be said about most books. There was so much I adored about it: creepy children with mismatched eyes, fortune tellers, a crumbling manor with secret passages and hidden rooms, a chapel full of dead bodies, the wild Scottish moors. It's inspired by Frankenstein, which gives you a good idea of the mood of the book. It's a little bit twisted. A little bit grotesque. A little bit haunted, I hope.
I was surprised by how emotional I got wrapping up Juliet Moreau's story. I tend to be a very structured writer, meaning I like outlines and plotting charts, and I look at all of my stories a little bit objectively, like trying to put together a puzzle. I don't get as emotionally involved in my books as some authors seem to do. But writing the final few chapters of the last book had my heart in knots. These are characters I've been with for four years now. I have all their pictures up on my walls. I've given them all so many challenges to face. Without really meaning to, I started to really care about them, and what happens to them. Which is why, when I reached the very end of the last book, and had to bring everyone's story to a close, I could barely type. Some of them have happy endings. Some of them don't. But I hope the book ended where it should, and I hope you all love it as much as I do.
Every time someone writes me to say kind things about the series, I still have to pinch myself. It has been such a pleasure telling Juliet's story, and I'm grateful for everyone who has been intrigued enough to pick up a copy, and for my publisher for putting these books out into the world.
It comes out January 2015. I hope it will be worth the wait!