Behind the Book: The Blue Moon

The Blue Moon jumps off right where The Crescent Moon left off. In terms of plotting, it was pretty easy to outline, though as I wrote, I was so bogged down with figuring out each character’s storylines and how they worked together.

Originally, I intended for there to be two books after The Crescent Moon but after I outlined The Blue Moon I realized that wasn’t necessary. One of the plot points I would’ve explored if there had been two books would be for Chris to wind up on an alternative timeline and discover that he and Holly hadn’t got together and he would’ve had to fight to win her back. I figured that story focused too much on Chris and too much on the romance aspect of the story so I scrapped it.

The force the witches battle in the first part of The Blue Moon is called the Chaos, something I actually made up in the very first manuscript I ever started writing at 12 years old. I worked it into another manuscript that was a sequel to the very first draft of The Blood Moon, but that manuscript was eventually thrown out.

It’s funny because there are parts from my lost manuscripts that work its way into my published work. That just goes to show that the ideas were good even if the execution wasn’t.

The Blue Moon is probably the most “adult” book in the series, only because all four characters are adults. It was also probably the most challenging only because there are so many plot points for so many characters! They’re all intertwining and overlapping that it was a struggle to figure out how to get it right, but I finally got it. It’s also the longest book in the series, coming in at just over 80,000 words (The Harvest Moon Deluxe Edition just barely clocks in at No. 2, only 100 words shorter than The Blue Moon).

It’s bittersweet to see this series come to an end, but I’m also very excited for what’s coming next. Who knows? I left the series open enough that I can explore it more if I choose to come back to it. We’ll have to see how it all plays out.

The Harpers, once a heroic family of witches, are broken. The loss of Chris and Holly’s daughter was the final straw in a series of heartbreaks and now they’ve given up on fighting for the greater good.

New secrets help point to the fate of their daughter. Working together again, they struggle to reclaim the life they once had, but ten years away from each other comes with consequences. Tensions are high as each witch grasps at every opportunity to restore their family, including working with former enemies.

While the witches learn to work with each other again and move on from the past, they leave themselves susceptible to the influence of the Fire Wizards and the Pentad, demonic supergroups that may be the end of them.

The Blue Moon is the fifth and final book in the Under the Moon Series.

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