Guest Post: Christine Rains Gives Alternate Endings for Her 13th Floor Stories!
So excited to be part of the month-long blog tour celebrating the 13th Floor Collection by Christine Rains. Originally released as individual stories, the entire collection is now available both in e-format and paperback!
Today Christine is giving us a peek at some alternate endings for the stories. Oooh, just like a DVD extra! Take it away, Christine!
As a pantser, most of my endings come as a surprise to me. My heroes have goals, but how they achieve them becomes clear only when I’m writing. I heard those gasps. I hope none of the hardcore plotters fainted! I’ve tried plotting, but it doesn’t work for me. My stories grow organically, and I like it that way.
I did not know how any of the stories were going to end in the 13th Floor series. Oh, I had a few ideas about what I wanted, but none of them happened. Here are the endings that I imagined and that thankfully never came to be written.
1301 – THE MARQUIS
Marc traps Vetis with a spell and sends him back to Hell. Not very exciting and a bit too much like what the Winchesters would do on the TV show Supernatural.
1302 – THE ALPHA
Stefanie kills off her old pack one by one, including her sister. Too much death. Now that I know Stefanie, she’s more of a caretaker rather than a killer.
1304 – THE HARBINGER
Meira offers herself up for an eternity of service to Zeus to save her love. OR Meira battles Ares. OR Sam battles Ares. But how could either of them beat the God of War? Sam and Meira might not have ended up together if I went with one of the other routes.
1305 & 1306 – THE ORACLE & THE VAMPIRE
The presence of the denizens of Hell in the city stalls Harriet’s curse and she doesn’t become a banshee. Kiral and Harriet fight together against the demons. Then the power of their kiss at the end breaks her curse. Blah, blah, blah. Way too cheesy.
I honestly had no idea whatsoever how Chiharo and Jeremy were going to defeat the fiend. I trusted the story to work itself out, and it did!
Have you ever planned an ending, but something different and better happened instead?
I always have an idea of the direction of my stories, but sometimes they surprise me by taking detours I did not expect. Part of the fun of writing is following the characters, the story . . .
If you’d like to read the collection, which includes a bonus story “The Shadow,” links are below.
Christine Rains is a writer, blogger, and geek mom. She has four degrees which help nothing with motherhood, but make her a great Jeopardy! player. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s having adventures with her son or watching cheesy movies on Syfy. She’s a member of Untethered Realms and S.C.I.F.I. The 13th Floor series is her first self-published series. She has eight novellas and twenty-one short stories published.