Questioning The HEA Story Ending

  • I’mimg_20170116_052217 damned if I do or don’t, so I’ve decided to just do what I want and let the chips fall. I remembered reading a couple of reader critiques of my Baxter Family Saga stories that said I didn’t answer all the questions…Um, of course not!

First off, it’s a series. not really supposed to answer it all in one ‘go.’ Defeats the purpose, no?
Secondly, life isn’t like that anyway so…!? We don’t get to know the answers to “What’s the meaning of life?”, or “Chicken or Egg?” or “Who is Carly Simon talking about in You’re So Vain” or, more importantly, “What do women want?” Now, my stories are not that legendary but my take on life is: sometimes you just have to live with the questions.

My characters’ lives are like strands of thread. I’ll braid a few together to make a story but it won’t be neat and tidy or happy sometimes. Sure, there are times when I do have a happy ending, and even then I got pinched because it seemed too neat but that was the story. That was how it was supposed to end and I stand by that.

So, when I read an article that questions the satisfying endings of some works and wonders if the point of some is to leave readers not quite comfortable, I am happy. Characters have so much more going on that we can’t tell you all of it. But if you don’t believe me, check out Jane Friedman’s take

Are you into reading/writing strictly HEA (Happily…) stories?


About A~P

Palessa started reading her first romance novel, at the age of 11. Then she got introduced to V.C. Andrews, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Anne Rice and many more notable contemporary authors as well as some of the classics, A Tale of Two Cities, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Great Gatsby and others. It was during her teenage years that she dabbled in writing. First, it was in her diaries, then she started creating characters, stories about romance, the supernatural and much more. Being an International Baccalaureate student as well as entering college, left little time for writing and so she put it and the ideas aside to pursue a career. It would take almost 20 years, a radical move from the city she grew up in, Miami, FL back to her Caribbean birthplace, and a chance Facebook meeting with Sable Hunter to start the juices flowing again. After some fits and starts, the Baxter Family Saga was born. Unchained Hearts is Palessa's first published fiction book with Beau Coup Publishing. She considers herself just a storyteller that sees no reason to shy away from the juicier romantic elements. She currently lives in the mountains of Jamaica with her crazy, cracker-munching-mutt Ivy and a farm, primarily managed by agribusiness partner, also known as Dad.

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