An enlightening and entertaining post today from Author of three published novels, Michelle Betham talking about writing her sequel to No Matter What.
I'm currently in the process of writing a follow up to my debut novel No Matter What, but it was no easy process getting started. All the time I was writing No Matter What I was writing it knowing that a sequel could easily happen and, even though I waited almost 2 years and wrote two more books in the meantime before even attempting this follow up, I really thought it would be incredibly easy to get back to writing about those characters that I'd loved at the time and missed horribly once I'd completed No Matter What.
But it wasn't that easy at all. Infact, it took me a good few days of staring at a blank computer screen (playing around on Facebook, looking up Bradley Cooper movie trailers on YouTube, you know how it is) before I finally managed to get started on this new book - working title 'Illusions of Love'. Despite the fact I knew these characters inside out, and I loved them all - they became like friends to me while I was writing No Matter What - and even though I'd already had a basic plotline sorted, I knew what the story was going to be, I knew all of that, it was still the hardest thing, writing the first few words of that book. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe it was because I was uncertain as to whether people really wanted a follow up, because No Matter What has only been available to buy for just a few months and reviews are still fairly thin on the ground, or maybe I was just scared of bringing those characters back to life, in case I didn't do them justice second time around.
However, once I'd stopped over-thinking things and got that first chapter written, it was like coming home! I was back with characters I adored (and, thankfully, a few more people do actually adore them too!) in a world I loved - pure, unadulterated glamour and escapism! Once those first few pages were out of the way the story just flowed, and now I'm about three-quarters of the way through that first draft and I can almost see the finish line!
It's certainly good to be back on familiar ground, with familiar characters (although there are one or two new ones in there too!), and I'm enjoying writing this book, I really am. I'm excited about getting it finished, I'm already thinking of cover ideas, and I'm looking forward to finally getting it out there and seeing what people think - do they really want to know what happened to those characters once the last page of No Matter What was turned? Well, I'd better knuckle down and carry on working to get this follow up finished or we'll never know!
But if anyone would like a sneaky taster of this still-in-progress sequel, you can read a little snippet of it here http://michellebethamindieauthor.blogspot.com/2011/11/illusions-of-love-sneaky-little-look-at.html
Now, I'd better get back to work, so, if anybody wants me I shall be somewhere in Las Vegas with a rather handsome movie star... I love being a writer...
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