During the holidays I took time to relax and read. (I also made time to watch all my favorite Twilight Zone episodes during the New Year's Day marathon, but that's a story for another day.) Since several of my favorite first time authors had recently published second books, I decided they were a safe bet for a good read. Sadly, I was wrong. I won't mention their names here, since you might like their second books, but even though I had enjoyed the voice, adventure and intrigue the first time around; this time I couldn't wait for the story to be over with.
This leads me to my neurosis for the month, (which really is a neurosis since I haven't even finished my first book), if I succeed the first time, can I do it again? I've heard that as a first time author, you get a lot of first time author buzz, but the second time, the work has to create the buzz.
I know I probably should stay focused on my current W.I.P., but I don't want to be a one book wonder. I want to write books that touch the hearts and minds of today's children and their children's children. I want to write books that make children enjoy the wonder of the written word. Books that make them laugh, and want to read another one of my books. I want the next book to make them feel the same way, or better, than the first. Today, on this first Wednesday of 2013, I'm wondering, can I be a successful writer? If I can, can I do it more than once?