The reviews for Stalking Sapphire's sequel, SILENCING SAPPHIRE have started rolling in!
I'd heard about authors who struggled with the second book in their series and while rewriting Silencing Sapphire, I understood why.
When writing the first book in a series there are no expectations. The only pressure that came with Stalking Sapphire was that I knew the readers would compare me to all other authors out there.
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I was terrified of disappointing everyone who enjoyed the first book and I felt the second book needed to be equivalent. Or preferably, better than its predecessor. Basically, I had to make sure to tie, or beat, myself.
Since I've never been in competition with myself before, I can honestly say, it freaked me out.
Mia Thompson surpassed my previous enemy--the glazed donut--and took the spot as my new No. 1 nemesis. I spent the following months fighting to one-up her. I'd regularly shake my head at the framed cover of Stalking Sapphire above my desk, wrinkle my nose, and imagine I was listening to Eye of the Tiger.
Though this may sound somewhat, if not, all the way insane, I have a feeling other writers out there know exactly what I'm talking about.
On the book's release day, I was convinced I had lost the battle. I sat down, head in hands, and waited for the bad reviews to pour in.
Surprisingly, and to my relief, I haven't disappoint anyone yet. Silencing Sapphire's reviews and ratings have all been 4 and 5 star so far. This phenomenon is also known as 'Author Heaven'.
The glazed donut has crept back to its well-earned No. 1 Nemesis spot and is sitting safe...for now.
There's always the third book.