I hope you all had a relaxing, peaceful Christmas. Like most people my plans were scuppered by you-know-what, so my husband and I were alone over the whole period. It will be a quiet New Year also as I’m too tired to stay up until midnight these days! To be honest I’ve only ever enjoyed one New Year’s Eve and that was on a plane over the Atlantic Ocean coming home from getting married alone in New York. The pilot held a countdown and the whole plane was served champagne. Understandably, nothing since has ever lived up to that!
With the year drawing to a close I always like to write an end of year review to show how far I’ve come and to reassure myself I haven’t wasted too much time! It’s safe to say 2020 has been my most productive writing year yet. Not only because I’ve stayed home all year and haven’t had any holidays or breaks away or even been to many shops, but also because I’ve had so many ideas for books and I’m finding that the more I write, the more I want to write.
So this is what I’ve been up to in 2020:
✔️ Had one book published in ebook and audiobook (Won’t You Save Me – Dean Matheson book 3).
✔️ Changed publisher (to Bookouture).
✔️ Signed a two-book contract for my new Detective Madison Harper series at a time when I’d only written book 1 in the series – Find My Child.
✔️ Written two full length novels (book 2 in the series – Cry for Help – and book 3 – currently untitled).
✔️ Re-written and edited books 1 and 2 in the series ready for publication in Jan and Feb 2021.
✔️ Outlined books 4 and 5 in the series.
✔️ Written various articles and short stories.
✔️ Documented my life and reactions to the pandemic on video camera, from the minute the virus reached the UK (I’m mostly in my PJ’s throughout, so that will never air publicly!).
✔️ Oh, and I survived a global pandemic. It’s no wonder I’m feeling a little exhausted!
For 2021 I’m looking forward to the publication of books 1 and 2, and to finishing books 3 and 4 completely. Obviously, I’m looking forward to the end of the pandemic, like everyone else, but there’s much else to be hopeful for. I’m really looking forward to my garden springing into life from March onwards, as it was a real source of comfort this year. I’m already planning which vegetables and plants I’ll be growing in my potting shed while my cats keep me company on the cold, frosty last days of winter. And who knows, perhaps by the end of summer we might be allowed to travel again, even if only within our own countries. And let’s not forget there’s also going to be a change of president in the US very soon!
All that’s left to say is – to anyone who has read one of my books this year, or who interacts with me on social media; thank you for keeping me going and motivating me with your kind words. I appreciate your book reviews, support, cat memes and friendship.
Here’s hoping we have a healthy New Year and a better 2021 with no more ‘unprecedented’ moments.