Danielle Steel Says She's 'Terrified' She's Lost Her Touch Every Time She Puts out a New Book: 'It Keeps Me Humble'

The author’s latest novel, ‘Only the Brave,’ hits shelves on April 30

<p>Stefanie Keenan/Getty</p> Danielle Steel in 2015

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Danielle Steel in 2015

Despite being the bestselling author of over 200 books, and selling 1 billion copies internationally, Danielle Steel still gets the jitters whenever she’s set to publish a new volume.

In an interview posted on April 23 with Robin Roberts for Good Morning America, the author, who was promoting her latest novel Only the Brave, admitted that she still has some fears about her her writing.

"I feel very lucky because I've been allowed to do what I love doing for my whole life,” the author said. “I never take it for granted. Every time I send a book either to my editor or my publisher, I'm terrified they're gonna hate it and I've lost my touch and I don't know what I'm doing. I'm amazed when they love it. I'm so grateful.”

The author also noted that being afraid of how a book may be received can also help propel her work further.

<p>Lou Rocco/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty</p> Danielle Steel on 'Good Morning America' in 2017

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Danielle Steel on 'Good Morning America' in 2017

“I think that I'm fear-driven and it pushes me always to try harder and work harder,” she said. “But I never have the total confidence that, 'Oh, I can do this!' I don't know where it comes from, it's kind of a gift...It keeps me humble."

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Steel has written more than 210 books throughout her career, including 182 novels, four works of nonfiction and 18 children’s books, per her website. She continues to publish several books each year, and told Roberts that the secret to her prolific, yet joyful, writing process is “probably insanity.”

“I just can’t get away from it,” the author said. “I’ve always got a book cooking somewhere.”

Only the Brave, out April 30 from Delacorte Press, follows Sophia Alexander, a woman living in Germany during World War II who works as a nurse and makes efforts to save Jewish children.

<p>Delacorte Press</p> 'Only the Brave' by Danielle Steel

Delacorte Press

'Only the Brave' by Danielle Steel

“There’s something about the people and the relationships between them. It hits on a lot of things that I like or am interested in,” Steel said of the novel. “I like that there are nuns in it. I always love writing about World War II…it sang to me.”

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Steel also relayed the lessons that she hopes readers take away from the book, and which remain important for her as a person, as well.

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“It's something that comes to me, and I think, 'Oh, that’s what I want to say with this book," she said. "It’s don’t give up, or be courageous, or believe in yourself. Messages we all need.”

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