Although celebrated author George R.R. Martin ultimately gave birth to one of the biggest television shows in modern history, he has also garnered his fair share of criticism. After the eighth season of Game of Thrones wrapped up in May, fans of the series have been itching for the last two books and in a new report, it seems that we can except new material in the near future.

In an interview with The Guardianthe Game of Thrones creative opened up about his relief that the show is over. As he simultaneously works on the GoT prequel, the bestselling author is looking to finish the sixth book The Winds of Winter and the seventh, A Dream of Spring. And according to Martin, there was a lot of pressure that came with the television franchise.

“There were a couple of years where, if I could have finished the book, I could have stayed ahead of the show for another couple of years, and the stress was enormous,” he says. “I don’t think it was very good for me, because the very thing that should have speeded me up actually slowed me down. Every day I sat down to write and even if I had a good day—and a good day for me is three or four pages—I’d feel terrible because I’d be thinking: ‘My God, I have to finish the book. I’ve only written four pages when I should have written 40.'”

Now that the ordeal is over, he feels free to write and create. He continued:

“But having the show finish is freeing, because I’m at my own pace now. I have good days and I have bad days and the stress is far less, although it’s still there… I’m sure that when I finish A Dream of Spring you’ll have to tether me to the Earth.”

Could this be a case of writers block, particularly with all the pressure from fans? It was reported that Martin took to New Mexico cabin last November to finish the book, however a publishing date has not been confirmed.

Stay tuned for when that happens.