One of the joys of having a two-book contract is the time travel.
St. Martin’s Press has asked for two books, which for today we shall call Daria 1 and Daria 2. (And no, they’re not really being called that. Although my proposed titles could change, so those monikers will do for now.)
I got my edits on Daria 1 from my editor in June and shipped them back to him in a couple of weeks. That done, I started on Daria 2. The books are chronological, so in my brain, my heroine had moved forward.
I met with my editor in New York two weeks ago and he asked some really great questions about Daria 1. Thing is: I’d already sort of forgotten some of it. He asked about one character who (to my editor’s mind) was lively and fresh and (to my mind) had been dead for six months. I thought, why is it asking about so-and-so?
Oh, that’s right. The time travel thing.
I’m getting my next round of edits on Daria 1 this Friday and need to turn them around fast. Which means wrenching my mind out of Daria 2 and jumping back in time six months. I began the process of getting ready for the edits by re-reading the first manuscript last night. Because, believe it or not, you actually forget some of the fictional stuff you create once you step away from it.
Strange but true.