I started writing the third book in the Selene series before I realized I hadn’t finished the second one, Selene: Weal’s People. Nearly finished, but not quite.
You would be justified in wondering, how that could happen? Surely, you might ask, there’s a certain thrill in typing ‘The End’ with a flourish, and then breaking open the chocolate biscuits and a bottle dry white wine that’s hard to forget?
You would be quite right. I am, however, much more of a plotter than a pantser and while I will happily go down uncharted paths if they look better, I do tend to know how the story ends. That being the case, when I was asked to write Dragons Return (due out later this year) I left Weal’s People to write it, leaving the last four or more chapters unfinished but plotted.
Then life happened. Eventually I got back to writing and I was well into the plotting of the next book and had even started writing it when I got an email from my editor. Just a dry little note, asking where the last chapters of Weal’s People were to be found?
Have you ever had a moment of absolute panic?
Yeah, me too. Just about then.