I’m not sure how many people know this, but Aaron was only supposed to be one book. Just one. He took me years to write, putting him off to the side as I worked on the Little Boy Lost series, only to bring him back out when he cried out to me again in my sleep. He is a beautiful, amazing boy and will always be my most closely held achievement.
The events of October 9, 2008 in that garage turned out to be the epicenter of a series of books that changed my life. Aaron, of course, was the initial shockwave book that blew apart everyone in it. Ben focused on Juliette’s family and the destruction rained down upon them. Spencer, brought them all together—culminating in the trial that would set them free of the monsters in their dreams. The fourth book, coming this summer, is about Anthony—Aaron’s youngest brother and one of the people in his family most affected by his madness. We saw glimpses of him in Spencer, got to know him a little, and we ended with him in rehab. Think about that for a moment—a fourteen-year-old boy in rehab. That’s not normal. Nothing in Aaron’s universe is normal. Now he’s seventeen and done being sacrificed to Aaron’s demons, done being invisible in the basement of a house where no one sees him. It’s a gorgeous story of taking back the life we were given and making it count.
My work is about taking people who have gone through trauma, sometimes extreme trauma, and giving them that glimmer of hope. Helping them find that happily ever after they never thought they could achieve. And damn it, they work for it. They work hard for it. Which is what makes the books so fulfilling if you just hang on with them to the end. If you put yourself out there, those boys reward you for it with their love and that feeling of finally being whole.
The fifth and final (yes, final) book of the series will be a beautiful story of redemption. It will be an Aaron and Spencer story, rounding out their relationship and giving them a new, beautiful challenge to face.