Our second son, C, was born 18 months after our first child. Rambunctious from the beginning in my belly, hard to deliver (vacuum extraction) and surprising us with a good two months of colic, he was the opposite of our first child. C marched to his own drum and humor.
He is still that way today.
His birth blew away my expectations of what a second child "should" or "would be" (whatever that means! HA!). The joy he has given me is insurmountable, though equal, to my other three children.
I think most new parents inadvertently compare in the beginning. They compare their birth stories, adjust their expectations, until they transition into realizing that they did not get a duplicate.
They have a totally different baby. And life as they know it would be completely and utterly different, in all ways imaginable!
EAST IN PARADISE, my second book baby, is out today. It's the first written from start to finish while under contract; it challenged me and brought me to both frustrating and happy tears. The characters that came to me were utterly different than those from NORTH TO YOU, older and set in their ways. Bryn marches to her own beat, and Mitchell understands her enough to respect it. Bryn gets Mitchell to his core; with her, he can be himself.
I love this book. I love it in a different way than I do NORTH TO YOU. While I was writing it, I would find myself comparing the experience, sometimes comparing my heroines or heroes. Since my final turn in of proof pages a month ago, I'd gone through my transition and realized what debut series authors find:
No two books, even in the same series, are the same, just like no two romances will be.
But it doesn't mean these characters and their story aren't equally as amazing, as exciting, and as important as the first.
Hope you enjoy EAST IN PARADISE! Happy book birthday, Bryn and Mitchell!
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