When is and ending not an ending?

(Not to worry. There are NO spoilers here.)

The Light Attendant: Part I

I have heard a few comments now regarding “the ending” of The Light Attendant, Part I (which, of course, is not actually the end of a three-part story). What I am hearing is: it is abrupt, it is unexpected. One reader “hated it”.

Good. That is exactly what one ought to be thinking and feeling at the end of Part I of my story.

Let me explain:

What was intended to be one simple and short manuscript turned into two long and somewhat involved narratives once I became entrenched in my research. In the end, the book was too long to be a manageable read in one sitting.

I had to break up the story into its respective parts but to do that, I had to decide where to place the section breaks.

I chose the breaks in the story intentionally, each having a purpose.

I don’t want any spoilers here so let me simply ask this: how do you think Abbigail and Henry felt at the conclusion of Part I—a situation common to many, many people at that time and in those circumstances?

THAT—that—is what I want readers to feel and consider while waiting for Part II.

Of course, as I have indicated, the “ending” of Part I is not the “end” of the story—there are still two acts left and the next is coming out in June, 2022.

Stay tuned…

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