An elephant carries her unborn baby for 2 years.
A donkey can carry their unborn young for 14 months.
Humans grow babies in nine months.
My latest story took 5 years from first tentative words on paper to actual book, so to have it in my hands now… well, it is beyond satisfying. (And there are no late night feeds or dirty diapers to deal with either.)
I wasn’t writing for those full 5 years. In fact, I signed a contract for its publication 2 years ago, but it had to wait in line behind other books that came before it, and then it went through the editing and publishing process. There were many moments of numbing uncertainty, confidence failure and near bailing, but I believed in my characters, they are real people to me, and the relief that their story has been told is sweet beyond belief.
Huge gratitude to all those readers who wrote to me after reading Dancing Naked, asking to know what became of Kia, Brenna and Justin. We may never meet, but you planted the seed, and it grew into an entirely new story. Thank you, and please continue to give your favourite authors feedback. You have no idea how much it helps.