I had written and published dozens upon dozens of articles for blogs, websites and local magazines, as well as a couple of short stories but when the time came to officially send my debut novella off into the world I felt something I had never experienced before. This desire to protect my work; this longing to defend my characters; it was both exciting and terrifying in equal measures.
So now, around two months later, having already mapped out the plot for my next major effort, I am experiencing yet another new feeling. The names of characters and the events of the story have been circulating in my mind for some time but it feels increasingly as though my focus is shifting from the promotion of The Vessel onto the creation of this new project. Leaving behind the world I had thought of, written and spoken about for the best part of a year of my life and delving into that long and arduous process all over again for something entirely different; it feels like a betrayal as much as it does a blessing. A new experience perhaps but still both exciting and terrifying I suppose.