My publishing goal for 2018 was to release my debut novel, "Something's Not Right With Lucy." After writing the novel for three years, "Lucy" was released in January.
I was humbled by the positive reviews by readers and mortified when they requested a sequel. As I have mentioned in previous blogs, I had intended the book to be a stand-alone novel. With this challenge, I imagined the Campbell family twenty years later, and how dramatically their lives in Endover would have changed and got busy writing, "Unraveled Ties."
"Unraveled Ties," was released in November. As an author, it was an exhilarating experience to write a story that readers had requested, but at the same time, it was a daunting experience. Sequels are sometimes a hit-or-miss proposition. Readers want the familiar setting and characters, but the story must also contain new elements. "Unraveled Ties," is also a stand-alone novel, introducing new characters and bringing back the familiar ones in a theme of justice and karma. Wonderful reviews have been posted as readers anxiously discover the outcome of the Campbell family dilemmas.
While busy writing novels, I did not neglect submitting a flash fiction story to Scout Media's "Of Words" anthology. My story, "For The Want of A Name," appears in this year's "A Flash of Words." This story was inspired by a friend's childhood memory of saving money to buy a transistor radio. It's a charming piece that I hope readers will love. While my stories have been featured in two previous anthologies, this is the first time my name has appeared on the cover.
As 2018 comes to a close, I am currently writing my third novel, "Finding Laura." Three-year-old Laura has disappeared and her distraught mother, Miranda, searches for her. She is shocked when her husband discloses that not only has Laura died, but that Miranda is responsible. If only she could remember ...
Thank you Cherished Readers for your support and for thank you for enjoying my stories!