This past year has been a difficult one for me. I won’t bore you with the details, but suffice to say that there has never been such a challenging time in my life. Extremely long story short, my husband was taken very seriously ill last June and is still recovering now. He was in hospital for 3 months and has been at home since September recovering, yet he is still not what we can class as “well” or fully recovered. It may be another 12 months before he is back to his former state of health.
So my new book, The Search, which was ready for editing last June just prior to my husband’s illness, and was due to be released some time in August 2014, has been, understandably, delayed. I have managed in the last month or so to actually get back to my editing, have sent the book to beta readers and used their feedback to further hone the narrative, and finally, finally, the book is almost ready for release.
The fact that it has taken so much longer, and been so much more difficult to find the time and energy to write and rewrite The Search, makes the book even more important to me than if I had published it last August as planned. There were times when finishing the book felt like an insurmountable Everest. I feel a massive sense of achievement for even managing to get it to this stage, and I anticipate feeling huge relief next Friday, 20th March 2015, when I see it available for sale on Amazon.
Standing on the threshold of its release, I also feel immense pride. I am excited to see how it is received by readers of my previous book, Escape, and also by the world at large. I am eager to move on to a new project, now that the Search will not be taking up such a large chunk of my already massively divided time, and am currently flitting from one new idea to another like an excited child with her Christmas presents, wondering which project to get my teeth into next.
Whatever I decide, I’m hoping that the next venture won’t be 18 months in the making. I want to get more books out there and really build my name as an author. So onwards and upwards: here’s hoping the next 12 months are productive, exciting and, most of all, healthy for all of us.