The three Sasha Jackson PI mystery novels came out between Fall 2009 and Fall 2011, so it's been a while since I've worked on them. And yes, even though I wrote the books, I don't remember every little detail (Did I ever mention Shane's hair colour? What about Lindsey's zodiac sign? Did I spell Candace with an I instead of the second A? )
So, as I've been typing away on the next book in the series, I found that I kept having to go back to one or another of the earlier books to fact check for continuity.
Eventually, I got tired of flipping through pages and/or searching for key words or phrases on the electronic files, and decided that I should just go back to the beginning and re-read all three books!
At times it's almost like reading something new... But then I remind myself: Hey I wrote this book!
I'm chuckling as I read! There are a few turns of phrase, a few quips that I had simply forgotten about, and I find myself smiling or laughing as I read them. And I think to myself: Hey, that's clever... or Hey, I really like that line... and then I remember I wrote it!
It feels a tad strange - narcissistic in a way - to be reading and enjoying my own works. It's kind of like nominating myself for Most Valuable Player, or sending myself a dozen roses, or ...masturbating.