As the release day for She Marches Through Fire fast approaches, I’ve found myself thinking back over the series, recalling some of my favorite moments. Some are moments of triumph or catharsis. Others are scenes that, while dark, were a heck of a lot of fun to write. I thought I would share some of my favorite scenes with you, in no particular order. There may be some spoilers for books 1 and 2 below, so perhaps you should avert your eyes if you aren’t caught up on my supernatural oeuvre.
1) November’s Visions
I have a lot of appreciation for November's visions. After all, the first book is built around her only vision of her own future. They are fun to write, I think, because they are so visual and descriptive. Which of November’s visions is your favorite? Mine are probably the burial visions.
2) November Meeting Luka
The moment in the back half of She Dies at the End when November finally comes face to face with Luka is pretty epic, if I do say so myself. After lurking in the shadows and looming over the action for hundreds of pages, there he finally is, in all his gleeful, sociopathic glory. He is a villain who likes to speak, and to speak well. His dialogue, in general, is probably the most enjoyable thing to write in the whole series.
3) November saving Nigel from the Werewolves
In She Lights Up the Dark, November and Nigel have an unfortunate run-in with some hostile lycanthropes. In order to save Nigel, November manages to teleport herself across town to get a weapon. This is her first time accessing that particular power. I enjoy scenes when November grows into her abilities, using them in a new way in order to save the day in the nick of time.
4) The Battle Scene at Luka’s Arizona Fortress
Writing the rescue/battle scene toward the end of She Dies at the End was great fun. It felt quite cinematic to me. I am very much influenced by film, and I prefer action, heist, and comic book movies to chick flicks. In addition, the chance to finally release the tension of the captivity chapters comes as a relief, as a writer and as a reader.
5) The Capitol Attack
I do like the climax of She Lights Up the Dark, in spite of the heartbreaking death contained therein. (You know what I’m talking about.) Watching November manage to kick butt and foil evil plans is always satisfying. And I do love to spring a surprise. I also like the fact that things don’t go exactly according to plan for our heroes. People make mistakes, and there are negative consequences. The other thing I like about that chapter is the revelation of the supernatural world. I knew when I started the series that I wanted the ordinary and the supernatural worlds to collide in the second book, so to get to that point was satisfying for me.
Now, I would love to review my favorite moments in She Marches Through Fire, but I don’t want to spoil your fun. We’ll have to wait to discuss them once you’ve had a chance to read it. You have pre-ordered it, right? Well, then, what are you waiting for?
Before you go, what are your favorite scenes in the November Snow Series?