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On Monday, we posted the interview with Erin where we talked about the first book in The Fulfillment series, her very own debut - The Prophecy. Yesterday, it was the sequel - The Outlanders - that was in the spotlight. Today we're giving prominence to the conclusion of the trilogy, aptly titled The Fulfillment. We're extra appreciative of the third book bearing the name of the entire trilogy rather than the first one. As with most things, Erin has made sure to turn expectations on their head.

Yesterday saw the official release of The Outlanders, and with it, the wait for the third and final book in the series has begun. We have asked author Erin Rhew to share some insight into what writing The Fulfillment is like, what we can expect, and what surprises lie in store.

By: Erin Rhew

Thank you for hosting me, Natalie and Lexie!! At BookFish Books, we love the Honest Book Club! They are always willing to do reviews, and they are SUPER friendly on top of that!! 

Today, the ladies asked me to talk a little bit about writing a sequel and give you a sneak peek into Book 3, The Fulfillment

Writing a sequel is both easier and harder than writing the first book. In the first book, particularly a fantasy novel, you have the freedom to do whatever you want. You’ve created a world, and you’re the master of it. You control the abilities of the people and decide which “rules” do and don’t apply. You’re building characters from scratch, with their own unique personalities, physical attributes, and quirks. It’s fun. You feel like a puppet master, pulling the strings.

Then, you write the sequel. All of a sudden, the freedom is gone. All the rules you set up for the world still apply, and all those character quirks remain. In one way, it’s nice to have the structure. But in other ways, it’s restricting. Gone are the moments where you remove a roadblock with the stroke of the pen. Now, everything you write must be checked and re-checked against the first. The story and characters arcs must stay on the same path. Your snarky character can’t suddenly become subdued for no reason. For someone like me, a pantser with ADD, this process is time consuming and, honestly, a bit scary. I’m so grateful for my Dream Team member Danielle. I think she takes copious notes about my characters and world. She’ll read through a section and go, “Nope, Nash wouldn’t do that.” So, I go back to the drawing board to keep Nash consistent throughout the story, taking into account his growth as a person and character, of course. ;)

Writing the trilogy is even harder because the same situation applies times two! Now there are TWO books with this world and characters. TWO books worth of information to keep straight! No wonder J.K. Rowling has a storyboard the size of a small town. ;)

In The Fulfillment, I can promise answers to all your lingering questions. The truth of the Outlanders and the First Ones are revealed. Layla, Wil, Nash, Samson, and Mia face serious choices that will forever alter the course of their lives and unlock the hidden truths of Vanguard, Etherea, and the Outlands. Alliances will be made, trust will be broken—perhaps irrevocably, and a kingdom will fall.

Layla backed up and collided with another solider. The contact knocked her off balance. As she staggered forward, Vance’s boot connected with her chest. The kick sent her reeling. Before she had the chance to regain her bearings, Vance loomed above her, the tip of his sword pointed at her throat. It dug just a little deeper every time she swallowed.

            “Gotcha,” he grinned.

Erin Rhew is an editor, a running coach, and the author of The Fulfillment Series. Since she picked up Morris the Moose Goes to School at age four, she has been infatuated with the written word. She went on to work as a grammar and writing tutor in college and is still teased by her family and friends for being a member of the "Grammar Police." A Southern girl by blood and birth, Erin now lives in a rainy pocket of the Pacific Northwest with the amazingly talented (and totally handsome) writer Deek Rhew and their “overly fluffy,” patient-as-a-saint writing assistant, a tabby cat named Trinity. She and Deek enjoy reading aloud to one another, running, lifting, boxing, eating chocolate, and writing side-by-side.