Today's reader-question is one which I suspect many of you have wondered on many an occasion . . . and possibly even more so directly after Shadow Hand released. This reader asks: "Will we see Eanrin and Imraldera finally have a happy resolution in their personal relationship at some point?"
To which I must answer--Do you really want to know?
I mean, once the will-they-won't-they suspense is removed from that scenario . . . that's just it. It's removed. And while I'm quite certain both characters will continue to be interesting people even when that chapter of their lives is resolved once and for all, I'd be willing to bet many of us (including me!) would miss the suspense inherent in their dynamic.
However, I will say a few things:
1. No one is a greater fan of Eanrin and Imraldera than yours truly. I have loved them both for many years now, since before they ever developed an interest in each other (in the original stories in which they featured, back when I was first inventing these tales in high school, they never met. Eanrin was completely devoted to Lady Gleamdren!). When they finally did meet, and I realized the chemistry they had, I was very excited to pursue that storyline . . . and to this day I am still excited to see where it goes.
2. There is nothing I want more than to leave my fans completely satisfied with how things turn out. However, I don't necessarily think that means giving them the expected. Nor giving them the easy answer. Eanrin and Imraldera have a journey to go on, and my hope is that the end of their journey will be both satisfying and surprising.
I would also urge you to keep a few things in mind as you read forward in the series. For one thing, I've already given some spoilers! In Moonblood we get the strong impression that Imraldera has a romantic interest in Eanrin, an interest which is maybe reciprocated, but it's hard to say. That is a big change of heart from where she was following the events in Shadow Hand . . . a BIG change of heart! How did she come to this new attitude and perspective? Well, that's part of the journey. A journey which covers some 1500 years, remember!
And Eanrin himself--how can he have gone from the man he was in Shadow Hand to the apparently-indifferent but not-really-indifferent-at-all fellow he is in Moonblood? Again, that's the journey. It's got some surprising twists and turns, it's got some really juicy storytelling moments . . . and I wouldn't want to spoil it for the world.
So just remember as you keep reading--I love these two characters and I love my fans. But I love taking risks and surprising twists and turns as well!