A: Until recently, the answer would have been No. But last month while I was at Wildacres, I read The Day of Small Things (and found it better than I remembered.) And yesterday afternoon, when the bound galleys (these are what get sent to early reviewers) of Under the Skin arrived, I began to page through, just to see how it looked in print, and somehow found myself caught up with the characters and unable to put the book down.
Ridiculous! I hear you saying. And of course, I know what the story is and how it ends -- I did write it after all.
But I think that what caught me is that in this, the fifth book in the series, Elizabeth finally seems like her own self, rather than my creation. For the first time, Elizabeth speaks in first person point of view and she's a somewhat different Elizabeth that the woman in the first four books. I found her somewhat unexpected.