Hello my reader (and writer) friends! I have an important question to pose to you all today and hope to get some good feedback.
After I write both my planned sequels (easier said than done) for To Urn Her Love and A Very Southern Affair, I have an interesting project planned. With the help of my mother and hopefully my husband (he's unaware of his involvement just yet) I have a series of short stories that will based on postcards my great-grandmother received from soldiers during WWI. When going through a box of old postcards my grandparents kept on a shelf, I began to read them and noticed they were from men serving in the war. Upon further investigation, I discovered there were about six men my great-grandmother corresponded with. Their letters to her, though brief, are so full of hope and appreciation, I'm simply inspired! I want to use the letters to create shorts, each based on the individual men who wrote them, and pair them with a fictional female. Since we don't have the other side of the letters, the story will be of course fiction, as I'll have to fill in those blanks.
Now, we know my great-grandmother never met any of this men. And since some of the postcards abruptly stop coming as opposed to others, makes us question whether that man came home or not. A sad fact. So my question to you is, at the end of each series of letters the protagonists will write, is an HEA necessary? I know I want at least three of the five I plan on writing to meet, but the other two? Realistically none of the meetings would have likely occurred, so would having two realistic endings be the end of the series for me? Would I lose readers? Or, would having them all meet and have their happy ending be just as unrealistic?
What are your thoughts on the matter?
Thank you for weighing in!