It has been a few weeks since my last blog post. I've been busy - both with book, work, and personal stuff.
Yesterday I was asked about what I'm doing now, now that Everything We Keep is appearing in bookstores, online and in libraries. The truth is - nothing really.
I'm at a point where I'm having a bit of a break. I'm not writing anything new, haven't made any plans to do more work on the junior series I have been writing, haven't really been on socials much.
It's a bit of an odd feeling.
For the past few years, I have either been writing a manuscript, editing, getting ready for publication, responding to readers, promoting my books on social media... But at the moment I'm spending more time thinking about when best to prune the crepe myrtles or is it time to repaint the front of the house and if so, what colour?
Maybe it's time for a longer break from writing. Maybe this is where the journey ends. I don't know.
What have I learnt from the past few years? Lots.
That writing is a joy. That it's hard. That you grow as a writer when you get fabulous feedback (here's to you Lucinda and Emma!), when you are talking about writing, when you are reading.
I've learnt that the publishing world is complicated - what I thought it would be and what it is did not always align.
I discovered how creative booksellers and librarians are at promoting all sorts of books. That there are so many talented illustrators out there who bring book covers to life.
I've learnt that my family and friends had no doubt that I could do it - even though I was consumed by self-doubt.
But for me what I will always treasure is that, for a short while, I was able to put words on a page that had an impact on others, that gave readers an emotional reaction to my characters' stories.
And that is pretty special.
Item three on my Bucket List:
- publish a book ✔