Making a comeback!
I’ve been away from the literary world for a long time now... too long! The last time I released a book was at the beginning of 2016 and that is shocking. In some ways it feels like it was only yesterday, but in others, it feels like a lifetime ago.
I had some personal issues to deal with, which I won’t bore you all with, and a promotion at work meant my day job took over my life. Literally, it was 7 days a week and it felt as though it permeated into every inch/second of my life. This meant that my personality changed for a while and it had a severe effect on my mood/mental health. I wrote very rarely and this, too, took its toll on me mentally—as writing was always my way to escape my own head and thoughts at times.
Not so long ago, things changed. I decreased my workload at my day job so that I had time to spend doing the thing I love the most... writing. I have a novel which is finished (whoop!), although I won’t be releasing it just yet. I have another which is approximately four chapters away from being finished, and two others which are coming on strong. I’m also in the process of rewriting my most beloved story, the Bloodlines trilogy, as I feel this needs to be brought up to my current writing standards. I was a complete novice when I wrote those books. Seriously, reading back through them makes me cringe! As with anything in life, the more you do something the better you become. You improve your skills and progress. Over the ten years since I published my trilogy, and also thanks to my day job aiding me with my writing, I feel the delivery of the story needs to be brought up to date. I’d never been happy with it, but back then, with my limited skill set, I wasn’t able to bring it up to the level I wanted to. That has now changed. For the first time, I’m happy with how Bloodlines reads and I intend to ‘fix up’ the sequels too!
2020 has been a very strange, sad, and challenging year for everyone, myself included. The isolation and boredom have been horrendous. However, thanks to my workload further decreasing for a few months due to the impacts of the pandemic, it gave me more time to focus on my stories and a lot of work has been done. That’s the positive part of this year for me, even though the financial side of it was a bit worrying at times.
Work/life balance is incredibly important, and I now have the two balanced beautifully. As with anything, things are subject to change at times, but for the most part, things should go smoothly. Have I just jinxed myself there?
Fingers crossed, I will be releasing a possible four novels in 2021! Unless life decides to throw me a curveball, that is my aim. I’ll be keeping this website as up to date as I can, and returning to my social media pages at the beginning of the new year (which have also been neglected).
To those who have stuck by me all these years and who continue to encourage me, I just want to say THANK YOU! Each and every one of you are in my heart and I’ll never forget any of you! I will appreciate you all for the rest of my life!
Finally, I just want to wish everyone who reads this all the very best for 2021. Stay safe and well. I hope it’s a much better year for everyone!