To say writing Clara and Ezra was difficult would be an understatement. It has easily been hands down the hardest book I’ve written to date. But now that it’s done I can finally catch you up on of the details I’ve been leaving out along the way.
Clara and Ezra was actually a welcomed surprise. When I finished Clara and Claire it became quite obvious that I wasn’t going to be able to fit all of Clara’s story into one book like I had originally planned. And thus the sequel was born. I started this sequel in December short after the release of Clara and Claire. Those plans quickly changed when several personal events took a turn. It became evident I had to focus on getting my life back before I could return to writing.
Well…. that ended up being a 7 month period of not writing.
I honestly believed at one point I’d never start writing again.
But then things in my life turned around. I felt like I could finally breathe again, and along with that also came the urge and hope that I could write again. And so I did.
I restarted writing Clara and Ezra at the very end of July. Now admittedly my plans for finishing this book got pushed back. I did not finish this book as quickly as I had hoped. But even after my 7 month break I still ran into numerous issues with the book. Writer’s block really got the better of me on this one. I found myself and others having to constantly remind me that the first draft of anything is sh*t.
As far as my writing process, I relied heavily on my writing app (Wordly) to keep track of my writing sessions and a calendar to see how I was doing as far as daily word counts.
Now, let’s talk more about the book…
Clara and Ezra is the sequel to Clara and Claire. It takes place directly after where the first book ends, and it is narrated once again by Clara Nasso. The mystery element in this book is still very much active, however this time it’s a murder mystery.
As far as a release date, all I can say right now is I am looking at 2018 for release. Ideally before late 2018. I realize the anniversary of Clara and Claire‘s release is this December, and I’d like to release this book before the winter of 2018.
So far as I mentioned on Facebook my word count is much shorter than I had hoped for. I originally planned to hit 90k because Clara and Claire is around that word count. Instead I ended at 70k, but I’m planning on reaching 90k before this book is prepared for publication.
As far as what’s left to do? I’m rewriting the book. This is how I edit. I’ve found it to be better than simply reading through and editing as I go because it helps me memorize the story and also add or delete things much easier. Plus I’m expecting there will be many scenes that just have to be rewritten entirely. This first draft was more like a skeleton so I know where to go and how the book should end.
As always I’ll be posting my updates on my social media and keeping you guys up to date. Thank you again for all your patience!