Just a short post this time; partly because I want to get back to the chapter I’m working on, partly because I’m not entirely sure what I’m trying to say here…
One thing that I want to try and do, is give my readers (whoever you are) questions that I’m not going to answer, at least not straight away.
Some of those questions might be relating to something in a character’s background, some of those might be ongoing plot points, some of them might just be thrown in at random because I thought it was a good idea at the time.
Despite the fantastical main premise of the series, I do want to make my world as realistic as I can. I do my best to be in shouting distance of accuracy when it comes to things like distance between places, time taken in situations etc.; although I probably fudge it a little more often than not.
The reason why I bring this up is that in the real world, you don’t get the answers to everything. Decisions can be made by people that effect your life without you ever knowing about it, you rarely know everything about anyone, even those closest to you. So why should everything be explained and wrapped up neatly in fiction?
Some of the questions I put into House Valerius have been paid off in A House Divided, but there are still some left to be explained and I think/hope I’ve added more in A House Divided. Maybe I’ll take care for them in future books (if I get there), maybe in a short story. But I expect there are some things I’ll leave out there, just for the sake of it.