Two-time Maggie winner and 2006 Golden Heart finalist Missy Tippens had her dream come true on January 30, 2007, when she got The Call. Her second book for Steeple Hill Love Inspired, HIS FOREVER LOVE, is on shelves now! The next, A Forever Christmas, will be out in November.
Ahhhh…The Happy Ending
By Missy Tippens
I see that your theme this month is brides and weddings. Just like a lot of you, I’m a June bride. (Oh my gosh, I’ve got to remember our anniversary!!) And oh boy, I love weddings. They make me cry no matter who’s getting married.
And talking of weddings made me think about the fact that I’ve never shown a wedding in any of my books. I think maybe it’s time to add a good epilogue with a wedding. I know I will boo hoo through the whole thing. Maybe others would, too. So, as I work on my proposal, I’m going to consider adding it.
And speaking of epilogues, do you like having one? I seem to always want to add one. I like when I read a book and get to see the happy ending. Or rather, a little bit beyond the happy ending. I have a last one-scene chapter at the end of my November Love Inspired book, A Forever Christmas. I guess I could have called it an epilogue. But it actually takes place only a few hours after the big climax, so I just decided to do a new chapter.
In my first book, Her Unlikely Family, I have an epilogue that takes place a while later, after the couple is married. In my June book (on shelves now!),HIS FOREVER LOVE, I also have an epilogue. It takes place a week after the climax.
So I guess I’m the Epilogue Queen! But you know, something strange about me is that I don’t really like to read the same characters in the next book in a series. I don’t mind hearing a bit about how they’re doing now, but I don’t really like to read much more about them. I think I just like to end on the happy note from the previous book. I know they got their happy ending, and I like to leave it at that.
What about you? Do you like epilogues? Do you like to read about a hero and heroine in the next book in a series (where they’re secondary characters)?
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