‘Tis almost time for the release of book twelve of The Genie Whisperer, The Three F’s of Genie Whispering! This marks the very last half season of the series. Originally, I planned for the half season books to just be fun side stories, but that didn’t work out because I’m apparently incapable of writing books that aren’t plot relevant. Mind you, some of what happens in some of the half season books aren’t relevant to the overall plot, mostly in the very first one, The Three C’s of Genie Whispering. But even that one had Ali’s first kiss with any of the genies, as well as introducing Maurice. Not to mention that Maurice showing up and knowing where Ali and her genies lived were why they had to run from Horton in the first place. 

Before I go any further, here is the prerequisite warning that the rest of this post contains a spoiler for the end of book eleven, The Gathering of Enemies. Proceed with caution if you haven’t finished it yet! 

Inspiration

Now, back to book twelve and the half season books being plot relevant, the events of this book are hugely important to the rest of the series (which should be no surprise since there are only two books left after this). And what is the massive thing that will happen in this book that was revealed at the end of book eleven? Pulling one of Ali’s parents into the story!!! Which means this book will feature plenty of family drama. Poor Ali just can’t catch a break in these half seasons, since the last one was full of genie drama, thanks to Tavor and his drastic actions. 

I planned out which of Ali’s parents was the genie whisperer from the beginning of the series and have been planning to bring that parent back into the story for quite some time. For readers, this will be the first time they get to really see Ali interact with either parent on the page, since all the previous interactions were either done through the phone or flashbacks. 

And this is probably where my contrary side comes out, because it was so satisfying to write Ali standing up for herself to her parent. Growing up, she knew things weren’t supposed to be like they were in her home, but it wasn’t until she met all the genies and was fully separated from her parents that she fully understood how not great her parents were. And she no longer has to cater to them to protect her dreams, like she did growing up.

I have to say that while I love hearing that I’ve written situations accurately (I think it’s one of the highest compliments to receive as an author), it does make me sad the number of readers who’ve told me that Ali’s controlling parents are so spot on since it means they’ve experienced something similar in their own lives. So I hope that for any readers with situations like that, reading how Ali gets to handle things is at least a little bit cathartic.