Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Thrill of the Chase

I am finally finished.

For the past, I don't know, AGE, I've been working on the sequel to Beg For It. My first book with Ellora's Cave introduced an amazing cast of characters that I couldn't leave alone. Writing the second book in the series entitled Ask For It, has been like visiting with old friends. I love the pace of working on something new, the frenetic energy of matching words to emotion. It's addictive, like a legal high. It's the thrill of the chase that excites me I suppose, always striving to make each draft better until the characters are as real to me as any of you are.

Now it's over.

Oh, I will still have edits to do, multiple revisions that will leave me exhausted and feeling like I never want to see this book again. That's just part of the publishing process and in the end I'm always happy to see my babies shined up and pretty.

But it will never be the same as when I'm writing it. Nothing can recapture the feeling of bringing life to characters that were just fuzzy images in the back of my mind. The only thing that cures the melancholy is starting something new.

So in the words of Jay Z - "on to the next one".

Guess who's up next?

ssshhhh, it's Anya :)


1 comment:

Michelle Lauren said...

Congrats Minx! Writing a sequel is really difficult. At least for me. I think it's knowing that readers have expectations and hopes based on how the first story ended and I don't want to disappoint them.

Was it easier writing book II in the series than writing the original?

Yay! I'm VERY eager to read Anya's story. I liked her from page one of ASK FOR IT.