Happy New Year, everyone! It's the Roaring Twenties again! (And why didn't I think of the idea of throwing a 20s themed New Year's party? There's a lost opportunity.) I've been thinking a lot about this past year and this past decade. Both had their ups and downs. This year, the world has basically been on fire. Between that and the Dreamspinner fiasco, my ability to write was severely impaired. I only finished writing one new book, but I published two—The Spymaster's Secret and A Harmony of Fire and Earth—and I love all three. I also took editing passes through three of the four books I got back from Dreamspinner in preparation for them being republished by NineStar, and I'm finishing up the same for the fourth book now. I had a fantastic time at a couple of conferences and read wonderful books and was lucky enough to go to France and Spain.
This past decade has seen a lot of changes, big and small. I've lost people I loved and made new friends I cherish. I changed jobs a couple of times (and careers!). I moved from North Carolina back to New Jersey. I traveled to some amazing places. I resolved to get serious about being published and, with hard work and luck, was. I wrote thirteen novels (and started a couple of others) plus a couple of short stories and some flash fiction, had a bunch more ideas, and saw nine books published.
This year (and this decade), I'm hoping to write more—finish more—than I did last year. I'm hoping to see my first four books back out in the world and new things too. I'm hoping to spend time with the people I love and read more fantastic books and maybe see more of the world too. As the new year begins, I want to say thank you to all of my readers for reading and reviewing and supporting me and my books. I'm so grateful to you all.
May we all have a new year and new decade filled with hope and love and good health and better things than have come before.