A book release can be overwhelming. A lot of factors converge at once. Reviews, to be honest, don't really faze me, but they do create a lot of swirling noise. There's a lot of noise in general during a book release, and when you're trying to ground yourself in what matters, noise can be decentering. Also, during a book release, a writer is transitioning from working alone in a room on an intensely private project to being the star of public speaking events :). Am I nervous about that? Sure. Nerves contribute to the release being overwhelming.

But this morning, I managed to isolate, at least for a few moments, the reason why this release is extra hard. Unlike Katsa and Fire, Bitterblue is just a regular person. She doesn't have any superpowers; she's only got her own courage, smarts, determination, her heart. She feels vulnerable to me, more than Katsa and Fire ever did. And now she's grown up, and it's time for me to fling her out into the scary world on her own. It's time for me to let her go. Maybe most painful, it's time for me to accept that she doesn't need me anymore.

I am a little bit heartbroken; I am grieving. Yes, this is over an imaginary person. Mock me at will. I know that what I'm feeling is real.

Thank you, dear readers who take my characters into your hearts. Whether you love her or not, whether you fight with her, feel indifferent to her, or become her best friend, I know Bitterblue will be okay, because she'll be with you. That's where she was always meant to be.
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Published on April 12, 2012 10:08 • 493 views
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message 1: by Wendy (new)

Wendy I know that i will love Bitterblue as much as I love Katsa and Fire because of all the reasons that you listed. I am far from a writer but as a mother of three,I can relate to loving all of my children, but all differently,simply because they're extraordinary to me.


message 2: by Laurel (new)

Laurel I loved her as much as Katsa in Graceling. She has guts and compassion. I'm really looking forward to reading the book - and don't worry, she'll be safe with me. :)


message 3: by Mauro (new)

Mauro You create memorable characters Kristin, it's only natural you feel this way about them.
How long will it be to the release in México? I can hardly wait!


message 4: by Rika (new)

Rika I already love Bitterblue! I think the most endearing moment to me was when Katsa was talking about their journey and Bitterblue was adding helpful commentary like "Katsa stole a pumpkin."
I have been waiting so long for her book!


message 5: by Amanda (new)

Amanda So excited to get to know Bitterblue better! The glimpse we received of her left me wanting more, can't wait till May...


message 6: by Leigh (new)

Leigh Beautifully said- and truly insightful for you. I can't wait to read her adventure and I am thankful for you sharing all of their stories with us ;) Go to the Casbah and have some tasty tasty hummus, you'll feel better soon!


message 7: by Imani (new)

Imani I'm excited! i feel that way about every book i've read that i loved...i'm sure it will be the same with Bitterblue. btw, wen ru gonna allow fans to post on ur blog comments/questions again? I have a question I'm curious to hear the answer to (about Fire)! xD in the meantime, don't get too busy; i don't want u stressing out!! ^__^


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