THE EXCITING WORLD OF SELF-DOUBT

Today I’m working on writing the first chapter of book 2 in my trilogy. I’m totally excited, but I’m also plagued by lingering questions:

Does the first book have enough oomph to keep readers wanting more?

Are the characters so well-developed that readers will miss them between books?

Does MTV know I feel ripped off by their :15 Hunger Games premiere?

For me, book 2 was always just that…book 2. As in, not the one I’m working on. But now it is the one I’m working on, and I’m left wondering if I’ve done my due diligence. I read many trilogies. Or at least, I start many trilogies. And each time I do, I either read the first book and quit, or I read the entire series. Now I’m anxiously asking myself: will THE COLLECTOR trilogy be one people quit?

This question haunts me every time I start working on book 2, because the honest truth is, I’m not sure. An angel sits on my right shoulder (he’s pretty hot, by the way) speaking softly into my ear: You’ve done well, sweet girl. Now look up and march forward! On the other shoulder, sits a demon (just as hot, but in a naughty kinda’ way). He kicks his heels up, takes drag on a cigarette, and tells me: Your first book is horse shit. And they’re all going to laugh at you.

I’m not sure who to believe, but I’ll tell you this much: I’ve always had a thing for bad boys.