Have gotten quite a bit of “Garison IV” written lately! Almost all the characters in it are people I have worked with before, so writing about them is like visiting old friends.
But then, there’s the fact that real people (we hope) grow. So you want the characters to have grown, too. Essential character traits are still there, but you try to figure out where they might have matured and where they haven’t. And what might have happened to them in between and how might that have changed them? This is an exciting time in the life of a book and I hope it will be for the reader, too.
The funny thing is: you spend months or even years writing something and, if a reader really likes it, they read it through in no time at all. A friend just finished “Some of the Time” and liked it so much she read it in a matter of days. I’m not like the cook who says, “I spent hours slaving over that and you just gobbled it down without tasting it!!” I want the reader to be excited, and anxious to keep reading, so I guess I don’t exactly want them to read slower. I don’t know where I was going with this paragraph.
Thanks to that friend, though, I have a newfound urge to get back to work on the third Edward & Marianne story. Plus, Marianne’s playing a big part in “Garison IV” (surprise!*), which is making we anxious to get back to the story that, I realize, may need to be in between “Lost Time” and “IV”.
*Yes, it was a surprise to me, too. She just showed up all of a sudden and I realized she belonged there, so I haven’t run her off.