Tomorrow I have to take my final leave from characters I’ve known for a long time…
It is of books I’m here to talk. Thank you Mary for allowing me to hijack your blog for a day. Tomorrow, Thursday, I release the final book in the Jonathan Trilogy. I’ll be honest and say flat out that I do so with mixed emotions. Authors are usually nervous when they release a new title, and while the reasons vary, the emotions are similar. And it is because those reasons vary that we get nervous, every time, again, because the circumstances for every book are different.Jonathan’s Legacy, book three in the trilogy about the Jackson family is no different.
When I first began to write, it was my own life’s story I told (Family Ties). Not unusual for a fledgeling author to look within for that inspirational spark. My second story would be different. And it is. Almost a fairy tale, with that wintery landscape, Jonathan’s struggle for survival, the cabin… Yet even in this story, there was an overarching question, deeply rooted in my life: “Can a gay couple start a family and be happy?” That was on my mind, subconsciously, as I began to type the first words in January 2013. And the story ended with the answer to that question: “Yes, we can!”
Not everybody was happy with the ending of Jonathan’s Hope, and I got to early on in my writing career meet my first trolls and haters. But more so, I met lots of readers begging me for more. And I resisted. For several reasons. I don’t read series myself and never saw myself as the author of series. Plus the “boys” had gone silent, and in my subconscious, I heard the voices of Raphael, Haakon, Willem, Neil, Ross and all the others instead.
Until one night in the summer of 2015, they returned to me in a dream. That’s when I began to write the sequel, in a frenzy worthy of NaNoWriMo. When I was done, I was compelled to press on, simply because I knew (and those who’ve read Jonathan’s Promise will agree) that I couldn’t leave things the way there were on that beach. I just could not. Two weeks later, I was able to put down the pen for good. Well at least as far as the boys are concerned. And this is why this feels so odd, a book written in September 2015 is finally released, after sitting on my publisher’s desk for such a long time. We had done so on purpose. A spring release for book two, and a fall release for book three.
Yet I had never done that before, and it feels strange. It’s been almost a year since I wrote this book, and now it’s finally time to let the boys go, for good. And not just the boys, as this story has transformed into a Walton’s or Dallas style saga, spanning eight decades and four generations. No, there’s no J.R. and no John-boy in my trilogy, but you get the picture, and this may very well be the very first family saga started with a gay couple.
I’m nervous. Pre-orders have been great, the book has been available on Amazon for three months now, another “first” in today’s nimble indie publishing market, and I’m eternally grateful to my amazing publisher, for their tears shed after reading the first book, and for encouraging me and helping me make the trilogy into something I can be truly proud of.
Welcome back to my World, tomorrow!
Hans M Hirschi
The Queen of Unconventional Happy Endings
About the author:
Hans M Hirschi has been writing stories since childhood. As an adult, the demands of corporate life put an end to his fiction for more than twenty years. A global executive in training, he has traveled the world and published several non-fiction titles as well as well-received novels. The birth of his son provided him with the opportunity to rekindle his love of creative writing, where he expresses his deep passion for a better world through love and tolerance. Hans lives with his husband and son on a small island off the west coast of Sweden.