My year in words

Well, 2019 seems to have flown by and what a year it’s been! With everything that’s been happening in the world of politics we’ve needed fiction more than ever so let’s concentrate on the fictional worlds that have helped us survive such a year! According to Goodreads I’ve read 47 books so far, which is less than usual but probably because I’ve written more this year than ever before.

Looking back at my New Year post from January I was hoping to achieve the following:

  • Publication of book 2 in the Dean Matheson series.
  • Write book 3 in the series.
  • Publication of a short story that was accepted for an American anthology.

Did I achieve these things? Well…

So, yes! I achieved everything I set out to do this year, plus more:

  • Paperback publication of Who Cares if They Die (book 1 in the series). This means that, as well as the ebook and audiobook versions which were released in 2018, it’s now available in paperback from all good book shops and in libraries (ask them to order it in if your local library doesn’t yet have a copy!).
  • Having written Won’t You Save Me this year, I have also just finished writing the first draft of a brand-new novel that isn’t part of the Dean Matheson series! I can’t tell you any more than that at the moment! I’ve learned a lot from writing a three-book series and I can see how my writing is improving with each book so I’m going to make this new book my best yet. That doesn’t mean the end of Dean Matheson though – just wait until you read how book 3 ends. OMG it even surprised me. It’s so shocking that I have no choice but to write book 4, just to see what happens next! I’ve actually started writing it already…
  • I also wrote various articles, short stories and blog posts this year as well as probably thousands of tweets! Hey, it’s words so it all counts!
  • And I had my first radio interview on the BBC which was so much fun.

This has definitely been my most successful and prolific year as a writer so far. And I have BIG plans for 2020:

  • Publication of Won’t You Save Me on 29th January in ebook and audiobook by Ruby Fiction.
  • Editing and finishing that new novel. Starting the sequel to the new novel (already plotted out).
  • Writing short stories as and when the ideas take me.
  • Perhaps a surprise here and there too…

If you’re reading this post it might mean you’ve read one of my books, in which case I want to end with a thank you. Without people supporting me by buying/borrowing/reading/reviewing my books, I couldn’t keep doing this. I get a lot of feedback from readers in a variety of different ways and I love it. My books are shaped by your feedback (it’s your fault book 3 has cats in it!) so it’s always worth letting me know what you think of them. And every review on Amazon helps the books find more exposure due to the way Amazon works, so thank you to everyone who has left an Amazon review. Even just a star rating with one sentence helps. It really doesn’t have to be an essay to be a worthwhile review!

In January 2020 I’ll be offering a paperback giveaway for Who Cares if They Die. If you’d like to enter make sure you keep an eye on my Twitter/Facebook accounts.

In the meantime, have a fabulous Christmas and New Year. I hope it’s filled with lots of books and plenty of time to read them. 📚❤️🎄

(p.s. That’s Joey & Teddy in the Christmas photo.)

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