As many of you know, I published my first novel last year in November. For me, it was more than just one of those bucket list items to cross off. It was much more than that. I have a passion to write, have had it all my life. I've penned a lot of stories but until last year had not committed to finish and publish an actual novel.
For me, as with most writers I suppose, it is a work of pure passion. Probably why I am drawn to it so much. I quite literally fall in love with my characters and much to my surprise, when I finished my novel it almost felt as if I was going through a break up. I was going to miss them.
When my own copy of the book arrived from the publisher I realized, however, that they weren't gone, they were right here between the covers of the book. I could visit them every time. But, even more surprising, I also get to visit with them every time someone asks me about my book or contacts me to let me know how much they enjoyed it.
A few months ago I received an email from a reader asking me when I was planning to write the next installment to Walk Among Us. To be honest, I wasn’t, but I was really flattered to hear this person wanted more. Then a friend asked me about it and I began to think about the possibility. The thing was, I had written the book to be a one and only. At the time I didn't want to do a sequel.
My friends and family can be persuasive, especially my oldest daughter. I began to toss around ideas in my head. My daughter and I bounced a ton of ideas back and forth and after a couple of months I came up with a story. For the past week I have been fiendishly putting thought to paper in every spare moment I can find. Hurrying to get it down before it slips away. I have one of those brains.
My literary assistant has read the rough draft of the first three chapters and has told me to hurry up. She wants to know what happens next. She also wants to know what I am planning to call it but, like an expectant mother, I am waiting to announce that once it goes to the publisher.
So if I miss a few posts here and there in the coming months you'll know it is because I have been hard at work creating my new masterpiece. Either that, or doing laundry because I didn't get it done, because I was writing. J
Bear with me. You guys are super important to me and so is this blog. I promise not to be too neglectful.