Q: How many drafts did you write until you got to your last draft?

A: Taking into consideration the developmental and copy edits, let’s see, add the four, carry the one, subtract three to protect my ego and divide by six for the sake of bragging rights . . . I get one-half. Seriously, I think I wrote five drafts in total, but you have to remember this was my first novel. I completed my second novel in three drafts, and my third novel in two. A couple more books from now, and I might really be down to half drafts.

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