With the fourth Sapphire book, Sacrificing Sapphire, turned in for its first round at Diversion Books, I sat down to write out all the plot points for the final Sapphire installment (book 5) today. I've had the main plot of the series set up and ready to go for years, but I always save the detailed plotting for after I'm in the final stages of the latest installment, just in case unexpected plot changes have to be made.
As I wrote out the sheet, very, very tentatively titling it Stealing Sapphire: Plot Points, I was overwhelmed with bitter sweetness. I started the series when I was 22 or 23-years-old. I just now passed 30. These characters have been with me for so much of my adult life that I don't really know what it'll be like without them, entertaining me when I'm bored and torturing me when I want to sleep.
Over the years, the series have taken me on a roller-coaster, from losing ten pounds and nearly my mind during the deadline for Silencing Sapphire, to topping mystery bestsellers lists in both Europe and the US for a beat. In the end, all I can do now is enjoy the hell out of writing Sapphire and Aston's final chapter. I will savor the entire process, knowing I'll miss it all when it's over, nasty bumps and smooth sailings alike.