This has been a strange week in writing. Yesterday I officially released by debut novel When We Go Missing, and I have been in contact with so many wonderful people since then. One word sums up this week: grateful.
I am grateful that my book release was a (mostly) smooth experience.
I am grateful for my long-suffering family who were very understanding when I ignored them for hours on end while writing and editing.
I am grateful that Editorial Director Alison Hennessey was so generous with her time and allowed me to begin my interview series with a bang.
And I am grateful for all of you.
That may sound like a silly thing to say – and the part of me that doesn’t entirely understand emotions recognizes that the sentiment is sappy – but your support has meant absolutely everything to me. Being able to meet and interact with so many of you has been an absolutely extraordinary experience, and even if I never sell a single book, I am so very thankful to have had these opportunities. Never doubt that you are appreciated.
In terms of writing, last week I mentioned that I have started working on my next novel. Because it is a holiday season for me, I am not going to worry about word count goals or anything similar until the week of January 1. That will give me a bit of time to recharge, gorge on cookies, and enjoy the end of a successful year.
Writing a book was a gift to myself, and it is one of the best presents that I have ever been given.
I hope that you all have the chance to give yourselves something equally grand.