I've just handed the second book in the Appleton Vale series to my editor and I'm experiencing a mixture of emotions. On the one hand I'm delighted to have finished the manuscript, but on the other I'm feeling a huge sense of loss.
I enjoyed writing this novel so much - even more so than my first. I immerse myself in the world of Appleton Vale so completely when I am in the throws of writing that I sometimes find it hard to leave it behind. I love my characters and how they interact with each other, and I adore the world I have created. If I'm honest, I'd move there in a heartbeat if it were real.
The manuscript may be finished but it still doesn't have a title. How is it I can write almost 150,000 words and can't come up with a simple name for my book? I'm lucky enough to have some 'beta' readers for my work. Friends who are honest and give great feedback when I'm at first draft stage. Perhaps they can offer some suggestions? The pressure is on!
I'm itching to move onto book three and have already created some excellent new characters that are set to shake things up in the village. My aim is to have the first draft underway by mid-February and take it from there. But before that there's the still-unnamed book two to launch.