Is it true that you ended Kate series because you are divorcing? Because people are saying that.
To quote Catalina, “My ability to even has been severely compromised.”
If we were divorcing, this would be a private matter. 🙂 One we wouldn’t be discussing publicly. But for your peace of mind, I asked Gordon is we were divorcing, and he said, “I hope not.”
Since finishing MAGIC TRIUMPHS, we have co-written two novels, IRON AND MAGIC and SWEEP OF THE BLADE, and a novella Diamond Fire. We are now working on our third novel since Kate 10, SAPPHIRE FLAMES. So we have clearly written together after the series ended, something these “people” haven’t taken into account.
Also, we just bought a new set of wedding rings, which are due to arrive on 13th. So at the moment, we do not have any plans to divorce. That may change. I don’t want to jinx anything here, but if we do divorce, I probably won’t tell you about it until it’s absolutely necessary. Normally we would be responding to an email like this privately, but since this was a subject of discussion between several readers, we felt the need to make a more public response.
We ended Kate series, because we were both tired of writing it. There comes a point where creatively you are done with the series. The characters have gone through their evolution, the locations have been explored, and as a writer, you find yourself unintentionally repeating yourself.
For example, as I sit here, I will write you a fresh, new, not copy and paste description of the Unicorn Lane. See how many similarities you can find to the existing books. Keep in mind I am purposefully trying to come up with a new description.
The Unicorn Lane slashed through once vibrant Downtown like a stab wound. And like a stab wound, it bled wild magic even during the strongest tech, turning it into a magical minefield. In the Unicorn Lane, abandoned trash spawned monsters and rocks grew teeth. Cast-out warlocks, hunted by their covens, loup shapeshifters, and mages driven insane by their power sought refuge there, only to be devoured by a piece of old furniture or a strangled by a dangling power cable warped by the powers beyond their understanding.
We’ve described Unicorn Lane over ten times. At this point it’s like chewing old gum. Every time you describe something as a writer, you work on the word choice and sentence structure, until it says exactly what you wanted it to say and evokes just the right feeling within the reader. It’s as perfect as you can make it. And then, in the next book, you have to create a new-sounding version of perfect that still elicits the same emotional reaction. But you already have that perfect version from the first time. You already did it. It becomes an exercise in verbal contortion.
We know you love the series. We left it open ended enough, so we can pick it up and continue with Kate or other character’s adventures, if the inspiration strikes. Right now we have no news on this front. We are too busy trying to wrangle Grandma Frida and her new armored toy under control before she levels half of Houston. 🙂