A Book Of Hate
Why did Jude do what he did to Cara?
Jude (Callum’s brother) is a man who has let hatred and bitterness rule his life. Cara is his last chance to rejoin the human race. He has a choice to make and he makes it. And then he has to live with the consequences of that choice.
Why does Callum write that letter to Sephy?
All is revealed in Checkmate.
What happens to Callie Rose at the end of the book?
All is revealed in Checkmate!
Was Knife Edge hard to write?
Very. I thought the story would end with Knife Edge but realised over a third of the way into writing it, that it wasn’t going to happen. A further book was required. Because the story wasn’t planned from the outset as a trilogy, it meant that some of the things I wanted to happen in Knife Edge had to wait until Checkmate.
Now that I’ve finished all three books, I have to say Knife Edge was the hardest book to write of all three. Being the middle of a trilogy, it doesn’t start or end the Callum-Sephy story. And being the middle of the whole tale, things have to get worse before they can get better and conclude in Checkmate. But the experience has taught me a lot. I have a brand new trilogy in mind now…
Don’t read any further if you haven’t finished (or even started) the books and don’t want to know how each book in the trilogy ends.
It’s interesting to me that this is the book I’ve had the least amount of letters about! It suffers from middle book of a trilogy syndrome, I fear. I’m a middle child so I know how that feels! In my opinion, the middle book of a trilogy is always the most difficult to write. It doesn’t really start the story and it doesn’t end it either. I wanted Knife Edge to be different in tone to the other two books because I wanted it to be more inward looking, more introspective. I wanted Sephy to be lost inside her own grief with tragic consequences.
As for Jude and Cara, it was very strange writing their scene which appears in the middle of the book. (Those of you who have read it will know what I mean!). When I was writing that scene, I felt sick and I swear a chill ran down my spine. I don’t think I’ve ever written from the point of view of a character I detested quite so much as Jude. That was a strange feeling in itself, putting myself in the shoes – and head – of someone that evil. (Or was he just too much of a coward to go with his true feelings?). When I wrote each chapter of the trilogy, it was as if I became each person who was telling the story, so writing from Jude’s point of view was particularly chilling.
Note: Noughts & Crosses was so popular that it grew from a trilogy into a sequence of four books.