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Bonnie Edwards has written romances for Kensington Books, Harlequin Blaze and Carina Press. Check her website for the most up-to-date news, sample chapters and to subscribe to her newsletter. http://www.bonnieedwards.com/

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  1. Laura Tobias
    Laura Tobias at | | Reply

    Great post, Bonnie. One of my closest friends – a nurse, not a writer – asked me something similar a handful of years ago. Instead of asking me what book do you want to be remembered for, she asked me, what would you write if you knew you could only finish one more book? Similar question but with a subtle difference. It took a little of the pressure off (last, big important book) but made me go deep and decide what was deeply important right then, and what deserved my immediate attention. It worked. I went on to write an historical novel I’d only been flirting with, and it was my best writing to date. So I ask myself that same question sometimes when I’m not sure which project to pick up. But what book would I want to be remembered for? Hmm…that’s harder!

    1. Bonnie Edwards
      Bonnie Edwards at | | Reply

      This question does and should, I think, take years to answer. It’s one of those ugly ones. Which is why I have avoided it for so long.

  2. EC Sheedy
    EC Sheedy at | | Reply

    It’s Monday morning, Bonnie! This idea is way too BIG for a Monday morning. But it is one damn fine question. 🙂 I honestly don’t know if I’ve written the “last book I want to be remembered for.” Must ponder.

    But considering that I have this vision of someone pulling an Ostrich quill from my cold, dead, ink-stained fingers, I’m guessing it will be that book–and it will be unfinished.

    1. Bonnie Edwards
      Bonnie Edwards at | | Reply

      Yes, it is a BIG question. I’ve wrestled with it for years, so, to be kind, I’ve now passed it along.

      But don’t think too hard on it, EC, all your books are memorable!

  3. Gail Whitiker
    Gail Whitiker at | | Reply

    Great post, Bonnie! And what a great comment from Deb. I do know which book I’d want to be remembered by…but like you, it’s a BIG book and I’m not sure I’m ready to write it. But I want to. I just have to be prepared to give it the time it needs. Like The Truth about Mercy. I know that won’t be your last book, but it will definitely be a memorable one!

  4. Jo-Ann
    Jo-Ann at | | Reply

    Great post Bonnie.
    My knees wobble as I sit at my desk reading it. “My writing isn’t good enough to be in my ‘Last Book'”, I whisper to myself.
    I think it’s a noble ambition to strive to write every word, every sentence…every book as if it’s our last. But I’m new at this, and if I dwell on that thought I know I’ll get stuck fast in the mud of my insecurities, so for now I allow myself to put words on the page. I hope that someday I’ll have mastered my craft enough to write that last book (every time). It’s a wonderful goal.
    Thanks for the thought provoking question and welcome home.
    Best Wishes
    Jo-Ann

  5. L.L. Muir
    L.L. Muir at | | Reply

    Holy crap!
    This is going to haunt me.

    At this point, I’d be happy if I got the last book in a series finished, so I’d feel like I at least finished something.

    1. Vanessa Grant
      Vanessa Grant at | | Reply

      LL, I do relate. Sometimes it’s all I can do to be moving forward in ANY book.

      That said, I loved this Blog. It made me ask myself which stories really mattered to me, and reaffirmed my determination to get back to my new mystery series (well, it could turn into my new mystery series, if I get book 1 done!)

      Vanessa

  6. Mimi Barbour
    Mimi Barbour at | | Reply

    What a mean question and how perfectly brilliant? For me the answer popped into my head and completely took away the worry the question had started…. every book I write is practise for the last one…
    And every one must be better then the one before!!

  7. Kate Douglas
    Kate Douglas at | | Reply

    I must be a very shallow creature–I read this comment and then I think of what I’ve written and what I’m writing, and I actually have a couple I would like to be remembered for–but maybe it’s because my goals are different.

    I always wanted to write, but my goal was and is to create stories that entertain, that make people think, maybe laugh or commiserate with the characters, and then put the book down with a smile. I don’t ask for anything more than that from either myself or my readers. So far I know of a few of my stories that have accomplished just that.

    I guess my hope is that my last book is unfinished, that I’m so caught up in the writing, in that wonderful slice of whatever fictional world I’m writing, that I don’t even know when I’ve made the passage from life to death.

    That, I think, would be the perfect way to go.

    1. Vanessa Grant
      Vanessa Grant at | | Reply

      Kate, I recall a doctor (new to me at the time) who asked me what I “do”. When I told him, he said, “You give people pleasure.”

      Giving pleasure is important, and if I can do that while writing stories that I want to write, that’s pretty amazing.

      Vanessa

    2. Bonnie Edwards
      Bonnie Edwards at | | Reply

      Kate, while we were walking my dh and I talked about this post and his comment was: If you’ve changed one person’s day, made them happier, or feel better isn’t that what counts.

      Smart man!

      And yes, I have done that and it continues to give me joy!

      Take care and happy writing!

      And yes…I will be dragged off my keyboard, too.

  8. Vanessa Grant
    Vanessa Grant at | | Reply

    Brilliant post, Bonnie! From the flurry of responses, it’s obvious that it touched a lot of us in our “writing bone”.

    Thanks for making take a look at what’s important to me!

    Vanessa

  9. Bonnie Edwards
    Bonnie Edwards at | | Reply

    Thanks Vanessa…this is one of “those” questions and it has given me years of some heavy thinking.

    It will likely continue as well.

    Now, to hear back from NYC on The Trouble with Mercy!

  10. Tessa McDermid
    Tessa McDermid at | | Reply

    Good question, Bonnie! I remember years ago reading or hearing a writer make the comment that we should always use up all of our energy with the current story – that we’ll have more than enough for the next one. The idea was that we shouldn’t store up scenes or ideas or stories for later – to write full force on the current manuscript and then trust to the Universe for later. That our best book was the one we were working on at the time.

    That said, some ideas have to be tucked away or we’d never finish the WIP. I do know that the story I always wanted to tell did become a book and I’m happy with it. I’m also very happy that a few of my books were published while my mom was still around to read them – she was very supportive! In fact, she was visiting and holding her grandson when I received the call from the editor! Two of my best productions at the same time.

    And I’m with Kate and others, I want to be writing away at the very last moment. First off, I can’t imagine not writing . . . and I still have so many stories to tell!

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