Well, here we are, at the end 2021, and how quickly the time has gone. It’s been a mixed year. A tenth novel completed and published and 77 books read and reviewed on my Goodreads Challenge, nearly double the 44 I had originally set up to complete. I’m a bit of a book junkie. I belong to Netgalley where I’m able to request and read advanced review copies of the latest offerings from authors. I am also auto-approved by Bookouture, which means I can choose titles and have them automatically delivered to my Kindle without having to request them first. I’ve always been a lover of romance, sagas and historical fiction. Now another genre has been added: psychological thrillers and Bookouture authors write some of the best.
Back home in my own writer’s den, I’m currently working on book three of my Cornish trilogy. This time my main character is the daughter of a hotelier. Yes, I know, we’ve been there before with A Cornish Affair, only this time the hotel in question is not situated on a clifftop overlooking the Atlantic. Instead it overlooks the harbourside in Kingswater, the fictitious Cornish estuary town where the trilogy is based. Hayley Young, who was a friend of Ava Warren, the central character who narrates Shadows on the Water, now has her own story. Although Hayley appeared in both Shadows and A Kingswater Summer, all readers knew about her was that she was a young single mother with a small daughter and worked with Ava. I gave very little detail about her background. I guess this was a good move, as it has enabled me to start with a blank sheet and an opportunity to create something completely new. I’m 15,000 words in, not that far along a road which will probably reach 80,000 – 100,000, but so far it’s going well. I plan to really get my head down next month, once Christmas and the New Year are out of the way, with a first draft finish by end February. Then the hard work begins.
With so much going on in December, I’ve cut back on reading this month. Only two books – both of which were worthy of five star reviews. Moving on into January, I kick start the new year with six.
So it just remains for me to wish everyone a happy, healthy and peaceful 2022. Where has the time gone? It only seems like yesterday we were welcoming in the Millennium!
Best wishes and I’ll be back at the end of January.