I hope romance will happen in the best way possible in these books… though of course, who’s to say who said romances will be between…
But I mean, I applaud this feeling of positivity! I mean generally in life, but I am also pleased if people are cool with the ending of Unspoken.
I did not write Unspoken just to destroy everybody’s soul. Though DON’T GET ME WRONG… that was a huge bonus.
One of the reasons I wrote Unspoken was to make many jokes and make lots of people laugh. I thought it would be fun to start out on a lighthearted note and with a lighthearted heroine: it meant Kami has lots of fun and so do I.
Jokes! I love jokes. I love books with jokes in ‘em. My favourite Diana Wynne Joneses are the funniest ones, like Howl’s Moving Castle and the Lives of Christopher Chant, I like Cassie Clare’s Infernal Devices series the most because it’s the funniest, to me, with many zany historical hijinx, I like Holly Black’s Curseworkers series the most because it’s full of deadpan-noir-humour.
I like Pride and Prejudice the best of Jane Austen’s books because it is the funniest one: Elizabeth Bennet is made of hilarious. (Quote: “I dearly love a laugh… I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.” Quote Translation: “Dude, I’m aware not everything in the world is funny, but look around you, buddy, and keep a straight face if you can…” You’re welcome, guys, I’m a literary analysis expert.)
And Kami is a resilient soul. She is going to be sad sometimes during Untold, just like she’s sad at the end of Unspoken—sad and bad stuff is going DOWN—but it’s true she tries to look on the bright side, and tends to take action, and also spends lots of her time cheerfully plotting violence and theft and sneaky research!
Speaking of myself as a writer rather than of my heroine, I basically have an angel on both shoulders. The Angel of Evil, and the Angel of Jokes. (The Angel of Good may have been assassinated, or currently kept in prison somewhere around my shoulderblade.) ‘Do this thing, because it will be funny’ I think. ‘Do this thing, because it will be sad!’
Basically I am complimented if you laugh or cry, and very complimented if you do both. ;)