"What has been the biggest surprise about writing/publishing your book? What has been the most enjoyable or most memorable aspect?"
I love the stories I am creating. While the writing of them, at times, can feel like work, it is usually, instead, very fun. I never know what idea will come out next. I start my stories by sitting and writing whatever story pops into my mind at the time and it is always enjoyable to see what comes out of it.
I'm surprised by how many ideas are swimming around in my head. When I write one story, another story idea will arrive while I'm still writing. It's both frustrating and wonderful at the same time.
The most enjoyable is when I bring a chapter to my critique group and they can't find anything wrong with it. It doesn't happen often, mind you, but when it does, it feels terrific!
The most memorable would be when I wrote 50,000 words in 14 days. I never knew I could achieve that high of a word count in such a short amount of time; never knew it, that is, until I did it. Now I try and believe that I can achieve anything I want to achieve through my writing.