Sunday, April 25, 2010

Cliff-hangers – Love em’ or hate em’????

First, I’d just like to say that I’m excited to join the Paranormal Romantics team and can’t wait to chat with fellow readers.

A little about me...

I love the paranormal romance genre and love a series more!! Nothing can hook me in more than an adventure and one that keeps on going. I love a page turner, one where I’m up at a ridiculous time and my eyes burn because I can’t stop reading. Witty characters, dominant men, danger, action, romance and hot sex―oh my!

My novels are heavy in fantasy, heart squeezing, thigh-clenching romance, and even give a good chuckle every now and again. I’m not a planner. I don’t write with a set idea because no matter what I plan, the characters’ voices always come through and demand I listen to them. So, I gave up trying to fight it!

The journey as a writer all began when I was a teen and wrote poetry, which still to this day I pull out to have a good laugh. Later on, I tried a couple of times to put a book together with no such luck. Couldn’t ever get past the first few chapters. But once I was exposed to the paranormal world, ideas came quickly.

At first, it was a way to keep my brain alive since being a stay at home mom can be a little let’s say―numbing. It was an escape from screaming kids, dirty diapers and plain old mom duty. It started as a hobby, but as the stories progressed it became a passion. Now, I indulge at nap time, especially the juicy bits! Every mom needs a good thrill!

So here in Kitchener, Ontario, I am a thirty one year old wife, mom, house cleaner, cook, teacher, play-doh extraordinaire, swing pusher, toddler chaser after – who loves the outdoors, curling up with the latest flick, and if I’m not plugging away at a new novel, I’ve got my nose buried deep in a good book. So there it is―my life!

My thought for the day...

Wrapping up the current novel I’m working on “A Deadly Whisper,” a conversation came up about cliff-hangers. Should I do one or wrap it up―that was the question. Well, of course the choice wasn’t mine. The characters demanded that I close off their story so that was that.

But this isn’t to say that I don’t love a cliff-hanger and haven’t used them before. In my Magical Sword Series, “The Devils Kiss,” has a wicked cliff-hanger that I am sure is going to cause a rumble. Sometimes, it needs it―sometimes it’s just cruel to do it.

What is your take on the matter?


Rebecca Royce said...

Hi Stacey, Welcome to Paranormal Romantics. So glad to have you with us. We actually have a lot in common. I write to escape the Stay at Home duty and I'm 30. Cliffhangers, huh? I love them in the book but not at the end of them because, and I'll fully admit this, I am a HEA girl. I read a lot of stuff that is HFN but I really love HEA so the cliffhanger usually denies me that.


Lisa said...

I don't mind cliffies at the end of a chapter. Those spur me on to keep reading because I have to know what happened next. When cliffhangers are placed at the end of a book and I have to wait a year until the next book comes out, well, that makes me a wee bit cranky.

Annie Nicholas said...

Nice blog Sara.

I'm a huge Lost fan and those writers are kings of the cliff hanger. I view each show as chapter in a book so kind of cliffhangers I love but never at the end. Maybe a hint for things to come but the immediate conflict needs to be solved for me to enjoy it.

Sandra Sookoo said...

I like doing cliff hangers at chapter ends and sometimes I'll do them at the end of a book. I'm generally not a fan of series books though. The writing has to be really stellar and the characters intriguing for me to want to invest time in a series.

Welcome to PR!

J Hali said...

Hi, Stacey, welcome to PR. I don't mind a cliff hanger situation for the "world" they're in--as long as there's an HEA for the characters. LOL, does that make any sense?

Stacey Kennedy said...

Hi Ladies!

Thanks for the welcome! Cliff-hangers will forever be one of these things we hate but love.

Alexandria Darcy said...

I have a love/hate relationship with cliff hangers. I like them, because they make me want to keep reading (or watching, if it's a TV show)! It also (usually) means there's more to come! If the story is good enough, and it makes sense to have one, cliff hangers are great. Sometimes though, they are absent where I want to hear more about a certain story/characters, and sometimes, there are cliff hangers that are never resolved!

So, I guess it all depends on the story and the writer. It's a difficult balance, or trade-off. I will forever love and hate cliff hangers.