The same thing happened when I was a quilter.
Every time I am asked this, I groan inwardly, and wonder why that's the first question they can think to ask.
Please don't ask me, or any writer, how long it takes to write a book. There are too many variables.
Some novelists take ten years to produce masterpieces. Some people can write picture books for children in less than a week.
And when you ask that question, do you mean, how much time is spent ACTUALLY WRITING? Or should I take into account the hours of research, brainstorming, editing, and rewriting that goes into it?
Oh, and the procrastinating. Don't even ASK about the procrastinating. That's a big part of the process too.
Some writers will aim for a goal of writing, say, 1,000 words a month. I don't do that.
I admire prolific writers who can crank out novel after novel, and I would love for my creativity to be that fruitful. But part of self-acceptance is realizing I can't compare my productivity--or any aspect of my life--to anyone else.
Writing is a labor of love and a practice in patience. I'm happy to report I AM making progress in not getting so frustrated with my progress. I think this fourth book is a little more challenging because it, unlike The Puritan Chronicles series, is pure fiction. With my first 3 books, historical facts formed the structure upon which I could base my story. This time, in my fictional town of Berryville Illinois, ANYTHING can happen!
So how long does it take to write a book?
As long as it takes.
That's how I'll answer next time I'm asked this question.