1. Where did you come up with the titles?
The titles of all three novels come from The Lord of the Rings, which is the last movie my heroine, Carly, watches with her father before he dies of the pandemic virus sweeping around the world. In Tolkien’s saga, his characters are going on a long journey with a heavy burden —so are mine. In both stories, the characters are irrevocably changed by their experiences.
The title of the first novel, and of the series itself, comes from a line that Frodo says to Sam: „I’m glad you could be here with me, Sam. Here, at the end of all things.” The second one comes from a line in The Fellowship of the Ring, about Sam and Frodo crossing the border into Mordor, into „the land of the Shadow,” and the final title comes from something Sam says to Frodo in the Two Towers (in this case, the movie, but not the book). Sam says that sometimes you don’t want to know what happens to characters after the end of the story— how could everything turn out well, after they had endured so much? But Sam has faith the sun will be brighter in the end, after the shadows have gone.
2. Who designed the covers?