What Happened in Barcelona: All in the Name of Literary Research

Back in October, Boyfriend and I travelled to Barcelona in the name of literary research.

I’d planned to share the photos before then, but you know, priorities.

And also Boyfriend took better photos than me so I had to steal them from him before I could use them, but I was too lazy to filter through them all. First World problems, I know.

Anyway, the lighting is a bit hit and miss because I’m too lazy to edit things and the weather was all over the place while we were there. Some days it was amazing. Other days it poured with rain out of nowhere. Then it was amazing again. Honestly it was more unpredictable than it is in England. Our taxi driver even apologised to us on the way back to the airport for the bad weather!

But you don’t really care about that, do you? Here’s a look at some of the photos from our trip. We don’t take photos often—it’ll probably be another three years before more are taken of us together! (No, seriously. The last photos prior to this that were taken of us together were taken at the launch of What Happens in New York…)

Here’s to many more adventures in the name of literary research!

Haven’t got your copy of What Happens in Barcelona yet? You can grab your copy from your favourite ebook retailer now.

What Happens in Barcelona is out now!

Yep, the day has come—you can finally get your hands on What Happens in Barcelona!

Shit goes down in this book, so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Here’s the blurb, to give you a taste:

A tragic death. Trial by social media. The beginning of the end?

When someone the gang loves to hate dies unexpectedly, everyone is left feeling volatile. Not only that, but it puts everything they’ve worked towards – both individually and together – in jeopardy.

Can their careers handle the backlash? And, more importantly, will their relationships survive?

There’s only one way to find out what happens next…

Want to find out? Grab your copy on Amazon now.

If you purchase your copy before 31 March 2019, you’ll also be able to download it for the bargain price of 99p (or 99c).

Aaaaand if you get it before then, you’llalso find details of how to enter an exclusive giveaway to win the rest of the series!

The only way to find out more is to download your copy on Amazon now.

Go go go!

Not an Amazon fan?

It’s coming soon to other platforms like Apple Books and Kobo as well.

In the meantime, you can grab What Happens in New York over on there, and pre-order your copies of the rest of the series too!

Happy reading! 📖

Meet the cover for What Happens in Barcelona!

I’ve been planning the events in this book since long before I started working on What Happens in New York.

The key scene that happens in What Happens in Barcelona has always been inevitable. It wasn’t a question of what, it was a question of how.

Continue reading “Meet the cover for What Happens in Barcelona!”

Return to New York is out 28 September!

It’s been a long time coming, I know.

There are several reasons for that.

The first one is that at the end of last year, after Productivity for Writers was published, I decided to focus on The Writer’s Cookbook and developing my marketing skills.

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.

So, instead of rushing to publish Return to New York, I decided I’d get a version of that I was happy with, send it to beta readers, then move on to writing What Happens in Barcelona.

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! 😉