It might seem silly, but I feel a bit melancholy. I’ve enjoyed this series since I discovered Death in Holy Orders in 2012, and often reward myself after completing a writing project or publishing by reading one of her books. There won’t be anymore now, so it feels a bit like saying goodbye to an old friend. I know I can re-read the books, but it isn’t the same as reading them for the first time, especially when you know “whodunit.”
There are still five books in J.A. Jance’s Joann Brady series that I haven’t read, and I’m dragging on this. The thought of finding another mystery series that appeals to me as much as these have is one part exciting and one part tiring. I know I’ll find something, and J.A. Jance is still alive and writing, so more books will come out (I’ll just have to wait for her to release them once I read these 5 books). But it seems there's a special kind of magic in connecting with an author and/or book series that speaks to your soul, and who knows when it will strike again? You can't force it. It happens, and you never know when that joy will find you again.
That’s the thing when you love reading. These series become like friends to you, and sharing those stories is like sharing a life journey. When you complete a series, it’s a mixed feeling of satisfaction that you’ve experienced their whole tale, and disappointment that it’s over and feeling like they’ve moved on without you.
I hope readers feel that way about my books. I hope that they provide the same escape from reality and mental connection to a larger world of inspiration and experience in their day to day life. I think that’s why most writers write – not only because they have stories in them, but because they know the power of a good story, and want to contribute to giving readers more of that happy experience.
I know I’ll find other authors and series that I’ll enjoy as much as P.D. James and J.A. Jance. That’s the one good thing about books – there are millions of them. You can always find more inspiration, wonder, and escapes from reality. You just don't know when that magic will happen to bring you the unexpected joy of discovering something awesome and amazing again.
It's not just book. This can happen with any creative endeavor, and I think we can all understand this elusive magic that speaks to the soul. Books are my conduit.
That’s all today. Take care. Have a Happy Friday tomorrow and wonderful weekend.