Author Guest Post: Jackie Morse Kessler

Different Books, Same Characters by Jackie Morse Kessler

Writing a series can be a blast. I’ve done it before, for my adult urban fantasy/paranormal romance tales about the demon Jezebel in the Hell on Earth books and again with my coauthor Caitlin Kittredge for the superheroes and supervillians in The Icarus Project.

But things were different for the Riders of the Apocalypse stories. For one thing, when I wrote Hunger, I hadn’t been thinking of it as a series; usually, seeds are planted in the beginning, starting with the first book, and slowly sprout over the duration of the series to finally bear fruit in the last book. (Can I stretch a metaphor or what?) For another, when I wrote Rage, I wanted it to be just as much of a standalone novel as Hunger was, and ditto for LOSS.

So I had the challenge of having a completely new story with a completely new protagonist, but setting it in the mythology I had already begun in the first book. I had to expand that mythology while still focusing on telling a complete story. And I had to let previous characters make an appearance—some more so than others—but do it in a way that new readers wouldn’t be scratching their heads.

Who doesn’t love a challenge?

So in LOSS, readers will meet Billy Ballard, the fifteen-year-old protagonist, and all the people who go with him: his mother and grandfather, his best friend, and the group of kids who make his life a living hell. They’ll also see returning characters, specifically Death, Famine, War and Pestilence. And they’ll get to learn a lot more about the Riders of the Apocalypse mythology, even while Billy is learning how to cope with being bullied and with taking care of his Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather.

I hope readers will enjoy seeing previous characters in a new light. 🙂


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14 responses to “Author Guest Post: Jackie Morse Kessler

  1. I read, and thoroughly enjoyed Hunger, and am excited to read the rest of the series. I love the connected stand-alones, something of a rarity in YA these days. My fingers are crossed for the grand prize, because I love the cover art of the books, but sadly I only have Hunger on my Kindle. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and thanks for the great guest post and giveaway!

  2. I have not read this series in fact this is the first I’ve heard of it but it looks great! I look forward to reading it!

  3. Little Sprites

    I haven’t heard of this series…but it sounds awesome and I am always excited to find something new to read…it’s like a little treasure 😀 Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to in 😀

  4. Christina Kit.

    I haven’t heard about this series, but the way the characters and plot are real yet touch on a theme sounds really awesome! How cool to personify the Four Horsemen:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  5. Although I’ve heard of this series, I haven’t actually read any of them yet. I love the concept of the series though, I think it sounds very interesting.


  6. Lexie@BookBug

    I haven’t read any of these books yet but they are definitely on my TBR list! Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  7. alethea aka frootjoos

    Don’t enter me in the giveaway–I already have them all. Just wanted to say that for those of you who don’t win, you gotta get this series anyway. These books are excellent, and I love Jackie’s writing!

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