The book that started it all

Looking back over the decade

We’re just a couple of weeks away from the end of 2019, and also from the end of another decade. When you’re in your fifties, these years and decades seem to pass more and more quickly. But when I look back to 2009, I hadn’t even started writing at that point, so it’s been a particularly eventful decade for me from a professional point of view. I started the decade as a full-time teacher and I’ll be finishing it as a full-time author. This gives me a lot to be happy about, and it proves that persistence can pay off.

Next year, it will be five years since I self-published my first book and I have just written the first draft of my 9th! (You can see all my published books here). I never expected writing to become a career for me, but I’m very glad it did. Being able to work full-time as an author, doing what I love, and making a decent living from it, is something I’m truly thankful for. I’m looking forward to publishing my next book in 2020 and also to starting work on the one after that.

A Big Adventure

And… I have an idea for the one after that! Here’s how it came about. Every year since 1996 just after he first set up his business, my husband has gone to Los Angeles in January to attend the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) show. That was the first and last time I went with him before we had children and now that my eldest daughter has properly left home and my youngest is taking a year off before going to university, I get to go again! And I decided that if we were going to fly that far, we ought to go to San Francisco as well – we’re not getting any younger! – which means we’re off on a very big adventure in January 2020.

We fly to San Francisco first and spend a few days there before driving down the Pacific Coast Highway (a long held dream) and stopping off midway before going on to Los Angeles. I was showing my daughter the place we’d booked for the midway stop. It’s on a beach and looks amazing. And she said to me, ‘Well, that’s your next story sorted. An inn right next to the beach. What could be more romantic?!’ I’m sighing now just thinking about the possibilities. And so it begins 🙂 Look out for lots of fab photos on my instagram while we’re there.

Ever The Optimist!

This year has been a funny one for me in personal terms what with having to have major surgery in February, but I’ve come through it. You really do have to count your blessings when there’s so much sadness in the world. I’m lucky to have a wonderful family, and I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with them all. I also have friends who have looked out for me through thick and thin, and that makes me even more grateful. As you can tell, I’m an eternal optimist and I often feel that it’s my hope that keeps me going.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of my readers for their support every year, and the wonderful writing and blogging community as well. Thanks to all of you, I’m still writing and publishing many years down the line. Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and all the very best for 2020!

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