Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year!

Wishing everyone a wonderful 2020!

I admit that 2019 was a horrible year on the whole, with October being the single golden month. In addition to the usual real life issues I had deal with, I was also busy relaunching books from start to finish in addition to the two new titles I published (A Murder of Crows and A Dirge for St. Monica).

It was an extremely busy year for me both at the day job and at home, and I lost my cat, Oliver, on Chinese New Year. I've also been working with an injured thumb for a few months now, and I've largely been waiting for the holidays to be over, so I can schedule my medical leave as I'm due for surgery. Emotionally, physically, and mentally, 2019 was taxing in a pretty bad way.

At the same time, the latter half of the year got me inspired to tackle two new books, which I'm writing concurrently with also a strictly enforced schedule of one chapter a week for each. They'll both be released next year though I'm still waffling over the order of publication. Dollhouse will be out in a couple of days, and I'm probably going to release The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory after that sometime in the summer and then Automata closer to Christmas.

My hope is to settle down to a very workable two-book yearly schedule, so that I can keep my stress levels low given my long-term plans. If all works well, I'll be able to keep writing and publishing till the well runs dry (which I keep telling you all over and over ad nauseam, ad infinitum).

And while it's still far too early to look into 2021, it doesn't hurt to say that I might have a follow-up book for the Curiosities series. At least I have an idea for a new story that falls in line neatly with what's been written for the series so far. Plus I'm seriously considering turning The Ghosts of St. Grimald Priory into the first book of a new series. Possibly a mystery series that's also a dark comedy using the epistolary narrative device all the way through.

Depending on how Prudence and Frederick's story works out in the first book, it's certainly a pretty good possibility.

So here's to a new year and a new decade - may it be a most excellent one for all. Happy New Year!

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