I'm counting down the days until the 26th, until Supernaturally comes out and is out there, in the world, out of my hands and control.
I'm trying not to feel sick about it.
See, second books are a funny thing. Because you know, no matter what--no matter what--there are going to be people who loved the first book and because they loved the first book they will not love the second book for the sole reason that it isn't the first book.
It can't be.
It shouldn't be.
But this doesn't change the fact that because they loved the first the second (through no fault of its own) will inevitably make them angry/disappoint them/leave them melancholy. You can't help but compare it to the first book. You might like it less. You might like it better. But it's different either way.
And you know what? I'm okay with that. You're allowed to like one better than the other. (They aren't children. You are not a terrible person if you have a preference.) I'm freaking proud of this book. It's exactly what I wanted it to be. It was HARD to write, and I think because of that I love it even more than I love Paranormalcy. It was always important to me to tell Evie's story, and Supernaturally is such an integral part of it. It's fun. It's funny. It's sad. It's agonizing.
It's life. It's that middle part--where you've finished getting that thing you've chased for so long and suddenly you're faced with what to do now that you're where you always wanted to be but...it's not what you thought it would be. And maybe you aren't who you thought you would be. Because even though you've changed where you are, who you are with, what you are doing, you're still you. And you shouldn't be, should you? Shouldn't you be a new you? A better you? A perfectly happy you?
A friend and I joked a while ago as we were struggling with different things that we were both in the metaphorical middle books of our trilogies. Hers was called "JUST LET ME SUCCEED ALREADY" and mine was called "I Have an Awesome Job BUT NO FREAKING BABIES." They weren't fun books.
I promise Supernaturally is more fun than either of those books. Neither of those books had unicorns in them. SUPERNATURALLY TOTALLY DOES, GUYS.
You may have figured out by now that as much as we say we don't, authors can't help but write themselves into their books. Supernaturally is about that in-between-time, that figuring out who to become so you can be ready for everything else that is going to happen.
And plus unicorns.
I'm so excited for you to discover the next part of Evie's adventures, for you to get to know her better, to see what she does with everything she has--and doesn't have. I love this book. I hope you do, too.
UPDATE: And! And! If you want to get a sneak peek (of sorts) into Supernaturally, Amazon now has the Supernaturally playlist up! Many of you have asked what it was. Now you can see! (Also, one of the songs, the Etta James one, is not actually from my playlist. Not sure how it got there. But I'm sure it's awesome.)