Running to Stand Still

This week I had to take a break from my book to do some housekeeping on other projects. It couldn’t be avoided, and I love the fact that I get to work on more than one kind of book and write two or three books a years(two children’s one adult) I consider myself very lucky. I’ve been working on the second draft of RUBY PARKER HOLLYWOOD STAR during the day and reading the page proofs for the American Edition of THE ACCIDENTAL MOTHER in the evenings, both things needed to be completed by the end of this week. It’s fun to go back and read Ruby Parker after a few months break and with fresh eyes. I realised that my editor did have a point when she said sometimes my thirteen year old heroine sounds like a twenty-five year old who’s been around the block! Writing a series is interesting because you have to get back into the skin of the main character every time you begin a new book, especially if it’s told in the first person as the Ruby books are. Clearly at the beginning of the first draft of this book it took me a little longer than I thought! As for reading the page proofs for the US Edition of The Accidental Mother, that’s just fun. I’m excited about it being published in the states. It’s a book I’m really attached to and that did very well in the U.K. I really like my U.S editor too. I’d love it to sell a few copies over there, but I suppose I’ll have to cross my fingers until September 2007 and wait and see! But as we all know pre-publication fear is pretty much par for the course in the this job. That and post publication anxiety!

Anyway starting first thing on Monday back to the book and I’ll be powering ahead, because now the fire had been lit and I’m flying!