So those that don't write don't know how often Authors question that statement. The feeling of completing a major work is amazing. But even after the first book, I still thought, "Can I do it again? Was the first one a fluke? I mean people actually liked it beside me! Do I have the focus, the creativity to do it again?
So when you actually complete that second novel it's "almost" sweeter than the first. It cements that your are not a "one book wonder" in that you can actually produce more of your craft.
Luckily I had characters (Mika and Robert) who were fairly forceful with wanting their story told. They drove me crazy when I was writing book 1. But after Running Into You, I was busy marketing, joining groups (learning the Publishing/Indie world), keeping my social pages up and going, compiling and publishing my poetry book in April that I was behind on starting Not My Type.
Then I had a few life issues that took front seat to writing. However that is all to say-you have these thoughts of “can I do it again.” Finishing a book for most is hard. There are some people who take years to write a book, and even more years to get the courage to publish.
I’m lucky that I seem to be in my season of focus, as for decades I sat with ideals in my head (didn’t really try to write them, but they floated around year after year).
It was a feeling of relief to hit “the end” on this book. That is until editing and proofing started. Those two tasks make me want to drink and I barely drink. But I have dreams of being an alcoholic for the 3 to 4 weeks it takes to make everything “just right”.
However I am happy with the final product, happy that my characters told their story in their way. And I look forward to the next book in this Series and all the different books to come in the next few years! Hope you enjoy them as well!