Raising Chaos is Book 2 in the Earthbound Angels Series and was released on February 4, 2014. Here is an Excerpt from the book and a guest post about writing a sequel from the author herself.
Writing a Sequel by Elizabeth Corrigan
There is nothing quite like writing your first book, or at least your first book that’s publication-worthy. The experience is full of excitement and learning and “OMG, this is the first time I’ve ever…” Written a document this long. Faced so much rejection. Worked with an editor. Seen my name on a shiny cover of a for-real paperback. Had my life’s work tromped on by picky reviewers and praised by total strangers. Tried to figure out how to sell a book. The process of getting a first book to publication and dealing with the aftermath is a roller coaster ride that is not for the faint of heart.
Writing a second book, and more specifically a sequel to a first book, is a whole other ball of wax. Oh, much of the process is the same. Write the book, edit it, put it out for the public, and face reviewers. But the second book release lacks the sparkle of the first. As with any drug, the first high is the highest.
And, really, that’s something of a relief, because with less excitement comes less fear of the unknown. When you’ve done something once, it’s easier to do a second time. In creating my first book, Oracle of Philadelphia, I got a feel for what kind of time and effort it takes to write a novel, so its sequel, Raising Chaos, felt like less of a shock. I didn’t perfect all my writing weaknesses in a single novel, but I learned what they were, so when my editor told me, “Stop telling! Show me!” and “Describe something! Anything!” I had a better idea of where she was coming from.
On the other hand, second novels are their whole own kind of scary. The phrase “sophomore slump” exists because popular culture abounds with authors and screen writers who created something brilliant but were unable to keep the momentum going into a second volume. In Chaos, I needed to expand some, separate my characters from each other and add some new ones. I even chose a different central character—to the point that my editors asked me to add back more of Oracle’s main character because they missed her so much.
I am of the opinion that the balance comes out on the side of improvement with my second novel. My one friend loved Chaos so much that she called me to talk to me about it for over an hour. Of course, she is Bedlam’s #1 fan. I think I got more in touch with all the characters through both books, and I believe I’ve grown as a writer. Hopefully the third book in the series will be an even bigger improvement.
And you know what? It’s still pretty darn exciting to see my name on the front of that paperback.
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