When I started writing a blog I wrote weekly. It nearly killed me so I believed a monthly blog would work better. A monthly blog is doable, I thought. No sweat. Well, I was wrong, which is why I’m just squeaking in my June blog on the cusp of July. How on earth can the weeks fly by this quickly? And then I looked at my diary and made a sobering discovery.
In the past month I’ve read through final proofs of ‘Her Sister’s Secret’. Actually, the novel is due to be released next week and I’m looking forward to seeing it ‘in the flesh’. I’ve worked with six authors on their yet as unpublished novels on behalf of Jericho Writers. I’ve carried out serious legwork (research) for a brand new story of my own, fielded phone calls – professional, that is – (personal doesn’t count and there’s been plenty of those) and spent three glorious days away when I should have been working. I also read Mick Herron’s sensational ‘Spook Street’, yet hardly made a dent in my ‘To Be Read’ list, which is why I feel so damned guilty for only just starting ‘Turbulent Wake’ by fab writer, Paul Hardisty. Within pages, I was absolutely drawn in and enthralled. Having worked with Paul on ‘The Abrupt Physics of Dying’, it felt very special to be back and in such a safe pair of hands. If you haven’t read his books, do. Already I have the impression that ‘Turbulent Wake’ is literary fiction of the highest order; superb, actually.
I appreciate that my list of professional endeavours is as nothing to what the average agent ploughs their way through, but, phew, it makes me giddy to read, which explains why, in a bid to maintain a healthy work/life balance, I’m taking the summer off from blogging. I will still be chirruping on Twitter and playing my face on Facebook so I’m not disappearing from the digital ether completely.
Have a wonderful summer those of you who follow my blog. See you in…ahem… September.