How does an author know when they are done with a series?

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at: lawrence@krubner.com, or follow me on Twitter.

Interesting:

Eva Chen
In your two series, [To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Summer I Turned Pretty,] who do you think are the most underrated characters?

Jenny Han
Oh, whoa! No one’s ever asked me that!

Eva Chen
I am a good interviewer.

Jenny Han
It’s hard to say, because I feel like all the characters are very appreciated, and everyone has their own favorites.

Eva Chen
Okay, so let’s go the other way. If you had to play favorites —

Jenny Han
So my personal favorite characters? From To All the Boys, to write, I loved doing all of Stormy’s scenes, and I also loved doing all of Peter’s. Kitty, Peter, and Stormy were very easy to write.

From Summer I Turned Pretty, I think my favorite character would probably be Belly’s mom Laurel. I really enjoyed writing all her stuff as well.

Eva Chen
For To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, you said that the third book was kind of a bonus book. How do you know when you’re done with a story arc as a writer? Do you know in your heart?

Jenny Han
Now I know I’m done. I was done before. I kept saying [books] one and two were two halves of a heart, and there was something nice about that, just doing a duology.

I was thinking about how it came to be. [Before I wrote Always and Forever, Lara Jean], I was starting something new, but I was very distracted. It was 2016, it was a very tumultuous year for a lot of people in America. So I kept thinking about my old characters and really wanting to be comforted, like spending times with old friends.

As I wrote To All the Boys, the feeling that I wanted readers to have about it was to feel really warm, to feel cozy, like being around a hearth. I think I needed those feelings again. And I wanted to offer that feeling again to my readers.

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