Good morning, Friends! It feels like it’s been months since I’ve written a post. That’s probably because it HAS been months since I’ve written post. So much has happened since COVID-19 hit the United States, and the truth is I haven’t been in a great place to communicate. But I have fabulous news to share today! But first, let me catch you up to date…
COVID-19: For those of you struggling with this awful virus, personally or vicariously, please know I understand. Sadly, I lost my mom to COVID-19 on April 30th when the number of lost Americans was still in the 80,000 range. I never imagined we’d be over 160,000 today! For those who haven’t been touched by this horrible virus, please be grateful. Besides my mom, I’ve watched more than a dozen people close to me struggle with it to varying degrees–some with almost no symptoms, and others on the verge of needing a respirator. If you’re dealing with this, please know you’re not alone and we’ll get through this together.
WRITING: Until very recently, writing has been a major challenge. Since the release of ROAM in 2019, I haven’t written anything worth reading. Truthfully, it goes back to farther than that…back to about the time I finished ROAM in 2016 or 2017. I had a least a half dozen writing prompts and ideas, but I couldn’t find the energy to get more than a chapter in writing. Well, guess what: I fell victim to that horrible disease called depression. Who’d have guessed? I know I didn’t. Having never experienced it before, I didn’t fully understand that those who suffer depression aren’t necessarily “sad.” Because I wasn’t sad. But I was exhausted, irritable, angry, experienced headaches and muscle aches, and really had to make myself leave the house. It just felt like too much energy to go out and have lunch with a friend or whatnot. The good news is I’m all sorted out now and I feel fabulous! So fabulous that I have great news…which I’ll get to in a second.
But first, just a quick Public Service Announcement: This pandemic has caused a lot of people to feel funky. If you’re feeling “off,” don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor. I admit it took me way too long and, looking back now, I could kick myself for the months I wasted. If you’re not feeling quite right as you navigate the pandemic, here’s a link to the Mayo Clinic’s Website with the Signs and Symptoms of Depression. And, as always, if you feel like you might be in danger from yourself, the number for the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is: 1-800-273-8255. Be safe and healthy, friends!
NOW FOR THE GOOD NEWS!
I actually have a few pieces of good news. The first is that I’ve finally found my writing mojo. After getting my depression sorted out, I struck on an idea for a new book. It felt so good to be excited by an idea once again that I binge wrote for about a month, poring all the words out on the page before I forgot them. The story just flowed out like I was watching a movie and just had to describe it to a person who couldn’t see. It was the most fun I’ve had, even including writing my first two books! The result is WILLOW IN THE WIND, which goes on submission today!
What does it mean to go on submission? It means I’ve sent it to my lovely agent, Tina P. Schwartz at The Purcell Agency, and she’s currently submitting it to publishing houses for consideration–hence the term, “on submission.” This process could take several weeks, a year, or it might never find a home. I hope the latter doesn’t happen–I really love the characters and it received good reviews from my beta readers, but that happens. If you’re interested in learning more about my latest manuscript, click here.
MORE GOOD NEWS!
THE EDGE OF NOWHERE is now available on Kindle Unlimited, and ROAM is expected to follow son. If you have an Kindle Unlimited subscription through Amazon, you can read this novel at no cost with your subscription. For those who’ve read the original version, this version is updated with a few new scenes and an added bonus at the end outlining more about which parts were taken from true experiences, and which parts were completely a product of my imagination. You can use this link to find this book and others by me on Amazon.