And let me tell you, as hard as it was cutting ten thousand words from PARANORMALCY before subbing it, you know what is even harder? ADDING SEVENTEEN THOUSAND WORDS.
Oy. From now on I'll stick to overwriting, because underwriting is way more work to fix.
Regardless, I think the result works. This book has some of my favorite scenes I've ever written, and Evie, my intrepid narrator, didn't fail me. I love that girl. Anyone who thinks things like, "That did it. Vamp-guy was going down. How hard could it be to beat a corpse senseless?" is more than a little fun to write.
I wish I could tell you more about it, but that's what sucks about writing a sequel before the first book ever comes out. Ah well. Suffice it to say, I love this book, and I hope you will, too. And I really hope my editor does. But in the meantime, I declare this next week the Week of Excessive Sleeping.
I've earned it.
Special thanks, as always, to my invaluable readers: Natalie (my one and only alpha reader), Steph (without whose opinion and expert editorial advice I would never, ever send a book to my editor), Renee, and Carrie. And of course my freaking fantastic agent Michelle Wolfson, who loves the characters as much as I do and helped me tweak what needed tweakage.
And thanks to Hot Stuff, who is always supportive even if he does recommend killing off characters at random, and my two beautiful kids, who did everything they could to try and keep this book from ever being written. Because life's no fun without challenges, right?
And finally, thanks to HarperTeen for buying PARANORMALCY and two sequels, so that I could keep living in Evie's entertaining head. Yay HarperTeen! Yay Editor Erica!