Specifically, The Hour of Dusk (Spanish version that would be The Twilight Case in English) was released on an unusual date, since it coincided with Book Day 2020, which instead of being celebrated on the traditional April 23 due to our being confined, was celebrated in July, specifically on the 21st.
One year later, I find myself finishing this exciting adventure. I think it’s going to be a little hard to let go of some characters that have been in my life for more than a year and that are already part of it in some extravagant way. I’ve been thinking about Kisha, Pete, Derek, Bill and the others for so long that sometimes I have the impression that it’s going to be hard to let them go and that I won’t be able to invent new ones.
Considering that this trilogy came about in an atypical way and in an atypical mode, I almost feel bad to end it in a conventional way. I guess I’ll have to give it a whirl to see what I can do to make this stage have a golden brooch.
What do I mean by an atypical form and an atypical mode? The second question is almost self-evident, since I wrote most of the first book during confinement. How it came about is the really extraordinary thing, since it was just an ordinary day opening a National Geographic magazine in which Simon Baker advertised Longines watches. And there, when I saw that photo, I thought it could inspire a character in a book.
Everything else came about, I’m not sure how. I’m not one of those writers who have everything thought out and planned from minute one. In many Instragram livestreams I have confessed that I am a compass or a gardener or whatever. In short, I’m a writer who writes the story as it comes up. I get carried away by the muses or something. How will Ocaso end? Honestly, I don’t know yet.
What I certainly have no explanation for is why I knew from minute one that it was going to be a trilogy. It’s the first time that I don’t really write a self-conclusive book, but three books that intertwine and need each other to make total sense. However the first and second can perhaps be read independently, but Ocaso, the third of them, definitely needs its predecessors. I just knew it. Maybe it was a yearning to test myself as a writer and see if I was capable of telling something beyond a story with a beginning and an end in four hundred pages or so. In the end, it’s going to be about thirteen hundred. Not a bad challenge.
The Twilight is coming. This August 2021 comes to its conclusion. Are you ready for that final moment?
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