Behind the Book is an ongoing series wherein I tackle a new chapter* of Croak each week and give you all of the secret, behind-the-scenes tidbits and trivia that went into writing it. For an archive of past chapters, click here. To read the spoilers, highlight the blank spaces marked with <<hi>>; proceed at your own risk if you haven’t read the entire series. Enjoy!
*The longer the book goes on, the more I’ve already told you and the less I can talk about spoilery stuff, so I’ll be doubling up on chapters from here on out.
Chapter 25: The Guiltening
- There’s something really unsettling about terrible things happening on sunny, pleasant days. The climaxes of so many epic battles take place at night, or under cover of some ominous blackness, but I think there’s something equally, if not more, creepy about the mix of perfect weather and horrific tragedy.
- Lex accuses Driggs of not knowing what it’s like to feel like someone’s death is your fault, and cuts him off when he protests, <<but boy, is she wrong. (See: Rogue.)>>
Chapter 26: The Ending
- When I first started writing this chapter, I did not know that it would be the last one in the book. I hadn’t settled on an ending, actually. I didn’t know what the very last line would be. But I very clearly remember writing this scene at my kitchen table, then getting to the end, and sort of just standing up and backing away from the computer, realizing that I was done. There were loose ends to be wrapped up, of course, and I easily could have gone on and capped it off with something else. But something about that last scene just screamed The End, and so–surprise!
And surprise–we’ve reached The End of this blog series! At least, the one for Croak–I may do Scorch or Rogue in the future, and I’ll probably do the same for Hellhole once it’s out. It’s been fun for me to delve back into a book that I first drafted six years ago, and I’ve enjoyed sharing all the random tidbits that I’ve been selfishly keeping to myself all this time. But this isn’t about me, it’s about you, so readers: is this a feature you enjoy? Would you like more of it? Sound off in the comments–and as always if you have any questions about Chapter 25 or 26, ask away. Thanks for reading!