Danielle Belwater’s book Of Blood & Snow was recently released by Evernight Teen. It’s the second in a series, and being that I am also now writing a second book in the Changers series, I was curious how Danielle found writing sequels versus writing a first-in-a-series or standalone novel. Here is what she had to say:
Book 1 of The Erlanis Chronicles, Of Fire & Roses was published two years ago. I hadn’t intended it to be so long between books, but throw two babies into the equation and all timelines, deadlines, planning and motivation went out the window.
But! I persevered and refused to give up and bit by bit Of Blood & Snow came to life.
The difference between releasing book 1 and the recent release of book 2 have been worlds apart.
I’m two years wiser, and also have two years of book 1 being out there, having readers get to know my name. While it hasn’t made the top of New York Times Bestsellers just yet, for me, it’s more about the accomplishment. If you decide to become an author for the money, you might want to rethink it.
When you only have on book out, whether it’s a series or a standalone novel, until you get your second book out (unless you’re Paula Hawkins of Girl On The Train fame) you’re not taken seriously. While getting a book published is a feat in itself, readers ultimately want an author with longevity, someone that will continue to deliver books that they can love and cherish.
With book 2, I already knew the characters. I know who they are, what their likes and dislikes are and how they act in certain situations. They are like close friends. I was able to dig deeper into their personalities and motivations and play a bit more with the story and perspectives.
One thing I haven’t done nearly as much of, is not stress as much. You’re first release you’re about as organised as a chook without a head. You’ve gone full deer-in-headlights as you hit refresh on your release to check your rankings every 2 minutes. That’s not to say that I’m not checking my second release for rankings, but I certainly am not stressing about it. I’ve just allowed it to go out there and make its way in the world.
I feel a sense of belonging now. A part of a community of friends, authors and readers alike.
I still have a lot to prove, but writing has become a part of who I am and what I do. When I’m not writing, I’m usually thinking about writing and it’s now automatic to be thinking about my stories and where they are going to next.
So watch this space!
the story goes…
fast as Cora can run, there is no escaping the blood that ties her to an
ancient, evil past.
bitter cold and driving snow, Nate must find a way to protect the love of his
life, before the darkness falls and Cora is lost to him forever.
14+ due to adult situations
Danielle Belwater adores the concept of true love and that everyone has their Prince Charming or Snow White out there somewhere, even if they have to fight demons, ghosts, and wizards to find it.