If "Publishing a book is like being pregnant...", I'm in postpartum depression. #AmWriting

But now I'm wondering... If that's true, which I truly think it is--after all, I've delivered two babies and ten books, so I know the pain of both--I swear I'm in postpartum depression. Really, and it's not because I have a lack of books to write. In fact, it's just the opposite. 

I have a half-written prequel.
I've started book three in the Creatus Series.
I have a chapter and tons of notes on book six in the Southern Suspense Series.
And...I have a new adult romance written, only awaiting editing. 

I wrote it three years ago, but have been so busy publishing and writing follow-up novels my wonderful avid-reading friends have requested that I haven't had the time.

So, as I sat around last night, wallowing in my depressed mood--which is actually rare for me, I'm not usually a wallower (is that even a word)--I actually started another book. Yes, you heard me correctly. I have no less than ten things on my plate, and before I knew it, I had a thousand words typed out in a new series that has been chomping at the back of my brain.

What on earth is wrong with me, I thought, and then I realized... I love being pregnant. Not really pregnant--I hate being physically pregnant--but, I LOVE to write. It doesn't matter if I get a few bad reviews or if a large publisher never picks me up; I simply LOVE to write! And more than writing, I love to be read. I know there are a lot of snobby people out in the world, but I assure you, I'm not one of them. If you tell me you enjoyed my book and follow me on Twitter, you're my new best friend. If I had a tail, I'd be wagging it. I simply love making readers happy with my words. 

So, after all this, I think I've resolved my question of why I have PPD? I crave the story... I crave that feeling when I finish a book and send it off to my beta readers, whom I hear from almost immediately, which satisfies my thirst for a while. So, I'm anxious to get back to work and pen another book, so I'll get my fix. Or--and this would be awesome--if you've read and enjoyed my books, please write a review. I promise you I'll read it. Unlike some authors, I read every one of them--good and bad, though I prefer the happy folks--it's how I grow and how I know what you want next.

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  1. Hi Carmen, I'm glad you're not 'perfect' and wallow like the rest of us, lol!

    I don't think you could even call yourself a writer if you didn't have a backlog of manuscripts waiting to be worked on!

    I like the sound of your NA book, and would like to know more about the new series idea sometime. Good luck with the workload!

    1. LOL, Kelly! Thanks for reading and commenting, and oh, yes, I wallow. Fortunately, usually only my BFF in writing hears me. We listen to each other whine and cry, but I think she got tired of me last night. And I wasn't too helpful with her yesterday when I played devil's advocate and didn't agree with what she wanted to do. :P

      And thank you for the offer... The 'new adult' is so out there that I'm sure no publisher will want to touch it, but...like all my stories, it's based on a modicum of truth, so...thankfully, as a self-pubbed author as well as a published, I know I have a choice. BUT yes, I'll definitely need betas on this one. BIG TIME!!!

      Cheers, my friend.


  2. This is almost exactly how I feel about writing. Love to write. And novels take so much work, that being done can be a relief but also kind of a drag. Good luck and keep up the good work.