In this chapter, Astin and his ex-girlfriend bond over the way things used to be…
It’s been 364 days since I published my last book.
It’s been 507 days since I published Hollie and Fayth’s last adventure.
There were a lot of cliffhangers and unanswered questions in What Happens in London. (Sorry about that.)
But now, you can finally start to get some answers.
Are you ready to find out what happens next?
You finally can!
It’s been a long time coming, I know.
There are several reasons for that.
I did take a break to take part in NaNoWriMo, but I honestly hated doing that so much that I almost never returned to writing fiction again.
No really. I genuinely hated it that much.
So I ended up needing a break from fiction.
My birthday present to myself (back in March) was meant to be returning to fiction for a week, but then when I tried…it was like putting on clothes that looked like they were in my size but just didn’t fit right.
I really, really struggled to get back into writing fiction after taking a nine-month break.
Then, to make matters worse, we had some really cold weather. My fibromyalgia is exacerbated by cold weather, meaning that the snow and ice and freezing temperatures ruined me for several weeks.
THEN, my nan fell ill. Really, REALLY ill. We thought that that was it—she was on her way out. But fighter that she is, she kept going.
Needless to say, writing fiction and poetry wasn’t a huge priority for me for a while. I still did it, but I did it slowly. I focused on my mental and physical health first and foremost.
Writing fiction and poetry is part of how I look after my mental health, but the pressures of publishing can sometimes distract from that.
Originally there was going to be an overlap in the timelines, so it would’ve helped with that.
Instead, the overlap that was going to be in What Happens in Barcelona you can now read on this very site under the name What Happens in Texas. (The next part will be coming on Friday!)
Doing it this way meant that I had more time to focus on writing and the pressure was all off. Writing was fun again!
When we put too much pressure on ourselves, the stuff we love can very quickly turn into stuff that we hate—we can end up losing the very thing we loved about it in the first place.
I knew that with a long enough break—and the right project—my love for writing would return. And it has.
Now that Return to New York is finished, I’m going to focus on editing What Happens in Barcelona. When that’s ready to go back in the drawer, I’ll work on what comes next. While I’m not ready to share what happens beyond Barcelona just yet, when I have decided on the order, you’ll be the first to know.
In the meantime, you’ll be pleased to know that you won’t have to wait as long between Return to New York and What Happens in Barcelona as you did between What Happens in London and Return to New York!
If all goes to plan, What Happens in Barcelona will be out early next year 😉
Now, I’d better get back to editing if I want to maintain that timeline!
Oh, and don’t forget to preorder your copy of Return to New York! 😉
I’ll go into why Return to New York is a novella centring on Fayth in another blog post.
For now, let’s talk about Astin!
It’s been a couple of months since I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia now.
Being diagnosed offered me some comfort in knowing that I wasn’t a complete hypochondriac.
It also gives me something to write angry poetry about…
Ever since Productivity for Writers was published, I’ve toyed with whether or not to create a print version.
Initially I chose not to because doing so is time-consuming and reaps little rewards.
However, after I downloaded Scrivener 3, I felt Productivity for Writers would be the perfect opportunity for me to practise with its new formatting options.
And it was.
Today is my 28th birthday. I can’t quite believe I’ve made it this far, nor can I believe how much I’ve changed in the last three years, let alone the last 28.
Naturally, of course, my birthday has made me go all pensive. So here’s 28 things I’ve learnt in my 28 years…
Happy International Women’s Day!
Since it’s International Women’s Day, I thought I’d share an inspiring poem.
It’s one that I’ve read at a few events lately and that has been received really well.
It’s called Warrior.
It’s time for me to introduce to you the final character from What Happens in New York, Hollie Baxter.
The scene below is the first chapter. If you like what you read, you can also check out scenes featuring Fayth Campbell, Astin Mack, Liam York and Trinity Gold, and Tate Gardener. You can also purchase your copy from all good ebook retailers now (and in print from Amazon), to find out what happens next!