10 July, 2013

Ending in the afterlife

This doesn't relate to Uncertain Heirs, but I'm wondering how people feel about books ending with a character ascending to the afterlife? Have you seen it done, and if so, how did the author accomplish it? Did they offer a paragraph to say the character went on to join whatever version of the afterlife, or did they show it completely and dedicate a chapter to it? I want to know if it feels contrived to you as the reader, or if it could be a plausible ending?


  1. Hmmm, I honestly can't think of one off the top of my head. The MC in my novel dies halfway through the story and 'passes on' at the end, if that counts, lol. I wrote what happened when she first got there in an epilogue. I do think readers will want a satisfactory explanation, no matter how much detail you give. It probably ultimately depends on the individual story.

    1. I would say that definitely counts, especially since it sounds like you gave her live closure.



Ash Litton

Ash Litton is a writer and lover of sci-fi, fantasy, and all things fictional. She is the author of Thoroughbred, Evening Hallow, Comeuppance, and Cabover Cabaret, and works on other Appalachian Dream Tales between her ongoing novel projects. She's also written No Diet, No Surgery, No Sweat, an ebook chronicling her weight-loss journey.

When she's not writing, she's drawing, and when she's not doing either of those, she's dreaming up new projects to work on. Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Ash has always wondered what things lay hidden in the hills around her. She attended West Virginia University, where she studied the English language before returning home to her family in rural West Virginia.