A: I’ve always known.
Before Zaria’s story could be written I had to find out what her adventures would be, but I always knew her character arc would be the journey from timidity to bravery.
When the story came I knew how book one of the trilogy would end, and how the last book would end. Everything in between was a vague blank white space. I let the story and characters tell me what would happen as I wrote.
Events in book two clued me in on new scenes that would happen in the final book, but the final showdown and its outcome and fallout have always been known.