Rhiannon Frater is the award-winning author of the As the World Dies trilogy.



I hope you had a great holiday weekend. Mine was lowkey but nice. I binge-watched Steven Universe, played a whole bunch of Sims 4 (it was on sale!), and hung out with the family. Though I had originally planned to write over the holiday, I decided to give myself a break. I needed to mull over the first part of the book and get my thoughts a bit more organized.

There have been a lot of distractions going on in my life, so my usual process has been thrown off a bit. We’re currently taking care of my mom (and she’ll continue to live with us from now on) as she recovers from injuring the vertebra right above her tailbone. She cracked it straight through and the doctor cemented it to speed up recovery. We’ve been trading off taking care of her, but my usual writing time has been altered. I’m a night owl. That’s when my creative juices get flowing. Because of my mom’s injury, I’ve had to be up more during the day and it has derailed my usual writing pattern. But it’s good we’re able to be with my mom and take care of her as she recovers.

Anyway, Monday  was wet, dreary, and very much my favorite kind of day. I spent some of the day answering reader messages, and noticed that The Lament of the Vampire Bride had a few questions on its Goodreads page I never noticed before. (oops!) I answered those, too. I’m very happy I’m working on the book at this time. For a long time I didn’t think I’d be able to. It was causing me extreme anxiety. You could read about it here. Also, after a time, I started to wonder if anyone cared about the series anymore. Sales dropped and interest appeared to wane. I realize now that this was my own lack of promotion of the series at work, but for a while I was in dark place about the whole thing. In the last few months since I decided to write The Lament of the Vampire Bride, correspondence from readers has picked up significantly about the books even before my announcement. It definitely feels as if this is the right time to write the final book of the Dark Rebirth trilogy.

Last night’s writing had a lot to do with tidying up a mistake I discussed last week and continuing from that point. Things are moving along very nicely in the story. Already Glynis is dealing with an unknown force invading her new home. She never gets a break, you know. She’s also dealing with the reality that she doesn’t really know how much she can trust certain people in her life. Maturity is making her reflect back on the choices she’s made and realizing that things were not always as simple as she thought. It’s fun to see her evolving, but how will she apply the lessons she’s learned to her life? Even Ignatius teases her 

“We shall see how well that lesson has perfused that willful brain of yours.” – The Lament of the Vampire Bride

I guess we’ll all find out together.