I am amazed. Pinch me! My novels are DONE !!! All 3 of them! Incredible. Absolutely incredible.
And yet because the process happened so incrementally it feels natural. Normal. A huge amount of mental preparation must be happening below the surface before a writer releases a book. Or 3. By release, what I mean is that the book stops being a private thing, and start belonging to everyone.
Before releasing it, the book is pure play. Pure dream and creation. Pure potentiality. Once it is released, who knows? There is aftermath. The beautiful secret you cherished for so long suddenly no longer belongs to you. It belongs to the readers who might love it, hate it, curse it, ignore it, and everything in between.
The writer dreams of success -- which is, let's admit it, a dream of the book being loved by all and for all eternity no less--. But there is also the very real possibility of a flop. That's because writers are, above all else, dreamers. We not only dream up characters and plot. We dream that others will want to join us on the ride.
The mental preparation happens over time, despite yourself, in the minutia of spell checks and page count. It is partly a mental separation. Like a mother sending a child off into the world. The mother has done absolutely everything within her power, and at some point, if she is a good mother, and if she is going to survive the separation, she must emotionally let go.
So the trilogy is yours now, dear Reader. I hope you love it!