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Many years ago, I had an idea for a series that utterly intrigued me. I loved the concept of a covert government agency—the Network—one that requires an operative’s identity in order to maintain anonymity. I also loved the fact that most of the stories could never have truly happy endings. Love was forbidden in the Network, and therefore operatives were risking their very lives by falling in love. As you can imagine, this made for some pretty intense situations as my characters “loved in the shadows.”
Selling the series was a long, hard road, but I finally got my break in 2005, when Whiskey Creek Press contracted Books 1-11 before more than two of the books had been written. The next nine were sold on mere speculation practically, as was Dark Approach when I realized the series needed at least one more and my publisher accepted it immediately. Needless to say, when I started gung-ho on the Incognito Series after I finally sold it, I didn’t imagine it would ever end. Book 1, No Ordinary Love, came out in July 2005. Starting in 2006, my publisher began releasing two books a year. At first, this thrilled me. I had titles and the main characters for Books 3-11—little more. Mind you, this series was far from the only series I was writing at that time. I started to get burned out by Book 5, which came very hard. Luckily, Books 6 and 7 were written fairly easily, and I thought I’d gotten over the hump. The next four books were nightmarish. I don’t know how I wrote them or how they turned out good—but luckily my streak of five star reviews has continued. I only knew that, by the time I finished Book 8, exhausted, I was beyond ready for the end of this series. I knew for sure I had to write the stories of eight more key players over the course of four books. Without those, the series wouldn’t feel finished to me.
I planned for the end of the series in previous books as I led up to Dark Approach. Orson Welles has said, “If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.” I wanted to end Lucy and Vic’s story with a true happily-ever-after the way so few other couples in the series had gotten. I wanted to end with the possibility that all the couples in the previous books might also get their happily-ever-after someday. No Ordinary Love ended with a Network operative doing the impossible—finding safety, freedom, and peace outside the Network. Dark Approach brings the series full circle—in so many ways, it ends in almost the same way the first story began. To me, that wraps the series up in a satisfying way.
When I started the Incognito Series years ago, there were so many characters I wanted to write about. Originally, I planned to write stories for Vlad Vlademar and Cara Ross, Lona Reznik and Matt Shepherd, even Dr. Keisha Wallis and Roman Powell. The old proverb that says every end is a new beginning might prove true in a spin-off trilogy or series. If not, I can only hope that you, my readers, are never disappointed and can come back to these books I’ve written again and again to revisit this unique world and the fascinating warriors who populate it.
- Karen Wiesner
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