Thursday, February 20, 2014

Thursday Takeover: E Van Lowe On Why Parting with a Series Can be Bittersweet Sorrow

As a writer, saying goodbye to a series is never easy. When you start the first book, you can't wait to write the last and get it all out. But once you get there, it can be harder than you think to say goodbye. E. Van Lowe recently released the last book in his Falling Angels Saga, Falling, and is here to talk to us about what it was like to let go of his series and look to the future.

Saying Goodbye To a Series

When I was a kid my brother had a record (yes, there were records back then, 45s, in fact)  by Smokey Robinson and The Miracles entitled  “What’s So Good About Goodbye.” *Singing*  What's so good about goodbye, all it does is make you cry.  Today that song has new meaning for me.

A few weeks ago I turned in the final draft of the final book in The Falling Angles Saga.  And with it, I said goodbye to Megan, Guy, Maudrina and Aunt Jaz.  I've never written a series before so I never knew the feeling of finishing one.  From what I've read, some writers can't wait to get on with their lives, while others have a tear in their eye.  For me it was a little of both.  I'm happy to have finished the series.  More than a handful of fans have written me asking about the final book.  For those who've hung around for the entire series, I want it to be a satisfying experience.  I'm happy to give this final book to them.  I'm also excited about what's next.  I've been doing notes on a new book in the horror genre for several months now.

Yet another part of me will miss this series.  I really loved writing Megan and Guy.  I call these my growing up novels because I could see my writing improving, getting sharper as the series progressed.  I started writing Boyfriend From Hell in 2008, just after I'd made my first young adult book sale with Never Slow Dance With A Zombie (Tor/teen).  I've been with these characters for more than five years.  I've had a wonderful time with them.  I will definitely miss them. 

It took me so long to write the second half of the last book, partly, I believe, because it was hard letting go.  During the writing of the book (Falling) I thought of all sorts of spinoffs and ways to keep the series alive.  However, now that some time has passed, I'm ready to move on.  I may revisit one or more of the characters later, but for now, it's goodbye.  It feels very much like a break-up.

Those of you who've been waiting for the final book, I'm sorry it's taken so long.  I want you to know I've poured my all into this book.  I hope you think it does the series justice.
So that's this author's take on ending a series.  Saying goodbye is difficult, but moving on is exciting.  And you know what they say about one door closing.  I'm ready.

Well if leavin’ causes grievin'
And to part will break your heart
Tell me what’s so good about it
I could've done without it
What's so good about goodbye

More on the Falling Angels Saga:

Falling Angels Saga
Book Four
E Van Lowe

Genre: Paranormal YA

Think twice before you agree to marry Satan. Theres no divorcing the devil.

The End is Near

Will Megan Barnett go falling back into the arms of dreamy earth angel, Guy Matson? Or, is she in fact, falling in love with the demon, Orthon?  Or, will her out-of-control abilities send her falling into Satans open arms?

In the final, heart-stopping chapter of the Falling Angels Saga, Megan Barnett is on a quest to rid her life of Satan forever, but Satan has other plans, including a lavish wedding, and hes willing to destroy her family and everyone she loves to have his way.  To add to the drama, rogue demons have risen from hell with plans of their own.

Will Megan finally have her happily-ever-after, or is she doomed to an eternity in HELL?

As Amanda Ashby, author of Zombie Queen of Newbury High, writes, “E. Van Lowe is a writing force to be reckoned with and you are in masterful hands from the first page to the last.” 

Preview Chapters 1-6 here or purchase it while it is on sale for just $0.99

Boyfriend from Hell
Falling Angels Saga 
Book One

Aww, Hell No! 

Fifteen year-old Megan Barnett and her single mom, Suze, have a special relationshipthey are friends, close friends, who do almost everything together.

But come on, guys, shes my mother Can I really tell her that while were snuggled up on the sofa watching Spider Man Three, Im secretly undressing James Franco with my eyes?  Of course not…”

The special bond takes a turn for the worse when Suze decides to start dating again.  She hasnt had a man in her life since Megans father left ten years ago. 

Enter two mysterious young men, Megans new classmate, sinfully attractive bad boy, Guy Matson, and the dangerously handsome art dealer, Armando.  Before long Megan and Suze both wind up in steamy relationships.  But neither of the handsome guys is quite what he seems.  In fact, one of them is Satan, with his sights set on a new bride.  Megan has precious little time to figure out how to stop him.  If she doesnt, either Megan or Suze are quite literally going to HELL.

Earth Angel
Falling Angels Saga 
Book Two

Heaven Can Wait!

Just because Megan Barnett recently defeated Satan, has a fantastic new best friend, and has won the love of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson, doesnt mean her troubles are over.  Far from it.  For Megan doesnt realize it, but in her possession is a powerful weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels and demons and everything in between.  They will do ANYTHING to get it.

In E. Van Lowes humorous, romantic and thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan winds up in a gripping life or death battle to save herself, the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil.

Megan Barnett has recently defeated Satan, found a fantastic new best friend, and has won the heart of deliciously handsome, Guy Matson.  But that doesnt mean her troubles are over.  Far from it.  For Megan doesnt realize that she is in possession of a powerful paranormal weapon, a weapon sought after by both angels, demons and everything in between. 

In E. Van Lowes romantic yet thrilling sequel to Boyfriend From Hell, Megan finds herself in a gripping life or death battle to save the boy she loves, and all of mankind from unthinkable evil. 

Heaven Sent
Falling Angels Saga 
Book Three

What Does It All Mean?

Readers who devoured Boyfriend From Hell and Earth Angel will be captivated by the third book in the Falling Angels Saga.

As summer break for Glendale Union high begins, heartsick Megan awaits Guy's return while struggling to control her emerging abilities.  Love is in the air, but can the new loves in Megan, Maudrina, Suze and Aunt' Jaz's life be trusted? Nothing is what it seems.  Meanwhile, the Satanists are set to hatch their most diabolical scheme ever, and if it comes to pass, Satan may finally win out.

Megan has precious little time to unravel the cryptic message hidden in the riddle she received at the end of Earth Angel. If she doesnt, the life of someone most dear to her will be lost forever, and Megan may yet find herself living in HELL.

About The Author
E. Van Lowe is an author, television writer, screen-writer, playwright and producer who has worked on such TV shows as "The Cosby Show," "Even Stevens," and "Homeboys In Outer Space." He has been nominated for both an Emmy and an Academy Award. His first YA Paranormal novel, "Never Slow Dance With A Zombie," was a selection of The Scholastic Book Club, and a nominee for an American Library Association Award. The first two books in the Falling Angels Saga: Boyfriend From Hell” and “Earth Angel,” are best sellers. The Zombie Always Knocks Twice” is the first book in the Hollyweird series.

In December 2014, he received a letter and certificate from the Writers Guild of America for his work on The Cosby Show, which had been selected as one of the 101 best television shows in history.

E lives in Beverly Hills California with his spouse, a werewolf, several zombies and a fairy godmother who grants him wishes from time-to-time.

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