It’s a gorgeous day today, bright and sunny and warm, and I’ve been up early (for me) to get some work out of the way before going for a walk. It’s quiet around here, properly rural, and walking down tiny tracks and around fields is a fabulous way to work out plots or make characters argue out loud. It was peaceful out today, almost as if I had the country to myself, and I’m feeling equally peaceful as a result.
A year ago today, I was probably less than sterling company, high on caffeine and excitement and trying to come to grips with my very first fiction release day!
There have been two more release days since then, and Jack and Gareth have done well, but I won’t ever forget that very first time I had a novel published. Just as I’ll never forget all the people who helped me get there: Jack’s cheerleading squad, who encouraged me to finish the story and send it off. Dreamspinner Press, who took a chance on a newbie fiction author. Their editing, art and marketing teams, who helped turn the manuscript into an actual book. IndieSage PR, who taught me about promotion. Fox Ballard, who brought Jack, Gareth and the rest of the crew to life for the audio version. And last but nowhere near least, every single person who bought a copy of the book, who read, reviewed and left me notes and comments to cheer me on.
Without you, I couldn’t sit here and write the next story, loving what I do.
I’m not really one for hugs, but right now, looking back at the last twelve months and all that’s happened, I feel like dishing them out by the boat load. And deservedly so.
Looking back is fun. Looking forward is exciting. So while I can’t hug you all, here’s a tiny look forward: Last Night of Freedom, a Jack and Gareth short story. It is set just after the end of House Hunt and before the continuation of Jack & Gareth’s story in Swings and Roundabouts.
There’s a very wet Jack, Gareth in a suit, a mention of fine food and a bit of soul searching. To read, just click on the picture.