Friends have been bombarding me with this question for weeks: “What’s your next book going to be about?” It’s a fair question that keeps me from getting too comfortable and complacent. Including tireless research and interviews, my first book, Bash Brothers, took about three years to complete. Sometimes I conveniently convince myself that I deserve a year off so I can relax and enjoy the residue of my success. But when I’m asked “that” question, it reminds me to stay hungry and keep improving at my craft. This means to keep plucking out useless sentences that stifle my narrative’s movement, keep searching for that concise verb to compliment the perfect noun, and pluck out all of those lazy adverbs. Will I stay hungry or become a one-book wonder?
I can recall my passion for writing that overcame all my obstacles: rejection-laced letters from agent and publishers, scam artist preying on my naïve ambition to be published, and second-guessing my writing skills. Now that we’ve gotten our foot in the publishing world, we need to stop resting on our success, but stay disciplined and hungry.
I constantly have to remind myself: Even if I haven’t discovered a passionate subject for my next book, I need to keep writing, writing and writing.