Just One More Thing

PostscriptHave you read a book that had an epilogue?  I have, and I like them.  In fact, I like them so much that I tend to write epilogues myself.  Even thought a story comes to a conclusion, sometimes there is just an extra bit of the story that still needs to be shared.  I like to go beyond the Happily Ever After, and show what happens next.  What happens later.

There’s a video circulating out on the Internet right now, that kind of brings this point home.  These two meet, many years after they parted, and the emotions are strong.  But the story ends at the end of the video.  I want to know what happened next.  I know the story didn’t end there, that is just all of the story they are going to show us.

In Fairest of the Faire, I have an epilogue.  It shows my hero and heroine at a later time, living their lives.  It reinforces the happy ending I had already written and ended the story with.  Like real life, sometimes a novel doesn’t end at the end.  The epilogue helps to wrap up those details for me, both as a writer, and as a reader.

How do you feel about epilogues? Love them?  Hate them?  Think they are a waste of time?  Leave your answers in the comments!

Fairest of the Faire book coverBlurb:

Schoolteacher Connie Meyers is suddenly a young widow, her husband killed in a horrific car accident. Heartbroken to find out he had gambled away everything they had, she moves to her sister-in-law’s Midwest home to rebuild her life. A trip to the local Renaissance Faire with her nieces leads to a summer job as a costumed storyteller.

Avowed bad boy and fair performer Gage Youngblood is infatuated with Connie at first sight. Despite his deliberately commitment-free life, and Connie’s don’t-touch-me attitude, he soon has her in his arms, realizing quickly she is also in his heart.

When she is threatened by her late husband’s bookie, he steps into the role of protector, his fate forever sealed with hers.

Excerpt:

“Who said anything about a relationship?” he said, standing up so he could tower over her again. “I’m just trying to have a little fun. You know, fun?”

If he’d been an animal, she was sure he’d have had hair raised on the back of his neck, he seemed so angry, and it struck her painfully. She hadn’t wanted to anger him or hurt him. She turned away from him and closed her eyes to tamp down the tears she knew would come if she let them. She crossed her arms over her chest, to hold in the pain. Being tired made her much too vulnerable.

“Yes,” she finally said. “I know about fun. Life isn’t always fun, though.”

“Princess.” His voice was soft, tender. “I won’t hurt you. It’s not in my plan.”

Despite herself, she felt the shivers of desire race down from her shoulders, down her arms and legs, and back up to that secret, soft place at her core. She bowed her head and gritted her teeth, hoping for the feeling to go away.

“And what is your plan, Gage?”

“It’s a simple plan. I want you to feel good. I want to feel good, too.”

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6 thoughts on “Just One More Thing

  1. I like epilogues for a lot of the reasons that you mention. However, editors don’t always like them. In one of my books my editor suggested I remove the epilogue I’d written. She felt I’d already shown the couple’s happy ending, and the epilogue was redundant. Basically the epilogue was me saying, “See? They’re happy. They’re really, really happy!” But that said, I still like to write them. P.S. I like prologues, too!

  2. I like you post! And your book looks great!

    For me, epilogues are “it depends”. If there really add something more to the book, such as something you can only know from a later or different perspective. But other times, they don’t feel needed, if nothing is further illuminated as to the story or characters than what we have already learned.

    • I would agree, Allison. It does depend. In Fairest of the Faire, the story ends after a rough scene, and I felt like i needed the epilogue to reinforce the happy ending. Thanks for stopping by!

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