I hope everyone has had a great holiday and is looking forward to a happy New Year. It’s my wish that 2022 is a healthier and more normal year than we have gone through in 2021.
Looking back on 2021 purely from a writing perspective is interesting. I published two novels in 2021, Complicated: The Interstellar Life and Times of Saoirse Kenneally in January and Princess of Shadows: The Girl Who Would Be King in November. This may look like I really had nose-to-grindstone despite everything going on in 2021, but it was actually fortuitous. Complicated was planned for the last quarter of 2020, but the pandemic had an impact and it had to be pushed to 2021. Sometimes you think that when you are indie/self-pub you have complete control over your timelines. Then reality smacks you in the face. Both books are included in the current exhibit “Books for Comfort, Books for Inspiration” at the Brookline Public Library in Brookline, MA. If you happen to be in that area, check it out, and the library, which is a really nice one.
There were some great conventions that I was able to attend this year: Boskone in Boston, which was virtual, and World Fantasy in Montreal, which was hybrid. Both ran really well and were enjoyable – kudos to both organizing teams. Looking forward with cautious optimism to more in-person meetings in 2022.
Also looking forward, the audiobook of Princess of Shadows should be ready by spring. I’m also working on another adventure for Leif the Lucky. Planning for that to come out in the second half of the year.
Best to all.