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

Pre-Publication Jitters

I’m slightly (okay, more than slightly) an emotional mess as I watch the clock tick down to the release of The Lament of the Vampire Bride. The final book has been inside my head for so long that to finally share it with the rest of the  world is daunting. I’ve lived for so long with Lady Glynis in my imagination(since childhood), that to reach THE END of the trilogy has me a bit shaken.

She’s my all-time favorite character, and I just love her to bits. Of course, you wouldn’t know it by all she goes through in these books (and, damn, she goes through a lot in the third). Trust me. It grieved me deeply to see her suffering. As I wrote about before, the one thing I wasn’t certain of entering the third book was if she’d have a happy ending. I wasn’t certain if she’d win, or lose, but I knew she wouldn’t go down without a fight. 

This trilogy has always been about Glynis and her search for freedom. At times she isn’t sure what that actually looks like, but she knows she wants to determine the path of her own life. She chaffs against society, her family, the world in general, and once she’s a vampire, Vlad Dracula. 

Since the publication of The Tale of the Vampire Bride, I’ve had a lot of abuse survivors tell me how much Glynis means to them. Her strength, her determination, her victories, her failures, her confusion, her fears, resonants with them. Glynis is complex. She doesn’t always make the right choices, and sometimes she falters, but she knows she wants her freedom. Though her relationship with Vlad is abusive on every level, she’s still dealing with a charismatic man that is very good at using her emotions against her. Vlad is most definitely the villain, and his power over her is frightening. His ability to inflict enormous cruelty on her is revisited in The Lament of the Vampire Bride. Vlad does not make idle threats, and this is very apparent on the final book. Their scenes are intense in The Lament of the Vampire Bride.

Everything that came before in the first two books was the foundation for this final story. My list of plot points to touch on was quite long, and the story threads from the previous book were vital to the story in the third. Over the last six years or so, I’ve felt the pressure to alter the trilogy into something different. To better suit the latest fads in paranormal fantasy and vampire literature. At one point I very much agonized over reader expectations. Who should I listen to among the readership? Should I ignore the appeals for certain things to happen?

In the end I opted to write the story in my soul.

I’m very aware that some will love it, some will be okay with it, and some will hate it.

I just hope in the end that the majority readers will enjoy the final book and find the journey with Glynis throughout the trilogy one worth taking.

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