Well, seeing as my last post was over two months ago, I thought maybe I should check in.
Recent events: After presenting at the FWA Focus Day down in Fort Myers, I dove head first into finishing the rough draft on Gaia Rising. It went surprisingly fast and I completed it in record time. Or so I thought. My awesome beta readers soon told me otherwise, so the second draft is now underway. I’m still hoping to get it to my editor by the second week in October and get to work on the second book in the series, but we shall see. Favorite beta reader comment? “Somebody needs to die.” (Thanks, MJ!) Her comment, and the input from the others, sent me in a whole new direction and I think the book will be better for it. Then, of course, there was Irma. I’m still praying for South Florida, the Keys, Puerto Rico and the islands. Things here were nothing in comparison and I am counting myself blessed. If you are so inclined, there are a number of organizations working to help folks recover. Unicef, The Red Cross, and Glad are just a few.
Current activities: I’ve got most of the swag completed for IBF 2017, which I will be attending this weekend. I am so looking forward to reconnecting with authors and readers. IBF is always wonderful because of the professionalism and expertise of the organizers Tawdra Kandle and Mandie Stevens. But I can’t lie, one of the biggest attractions is getting to hang with my bestie, Tracie Roberts. There are so many awesome authors attending IBF (shout out to Robbie Cox, Bridgette O’Hare, Yvonne Mason, Heather Hildenbrand, and many, many more). If you are going to be in the Orlando area, you should definitely drop in for the free signing on Saturday. If you have the weekend free, buy a ticket so you can attend the reader panels.
Future plans: The next big thing is to finish that second draft of Gaia Rising, but then, the holidays. I love fall in Florida. It gets less humid, the bugs aren’t as thick and in November, Christmas Made in the South comes to visit. One of my all-time favorite non-writing events, my first stop will be the ornament artists. There are several that come every year and they make the prettiest Christmas decorations. Then I will definitely have to head over to Pretty Baby Naturals. He makes the best organic moisturizing cream I’ve ever used. And it smells like lemon heaven. Can’t wait!
So, how has 2017 been treating you? Let me know in the comments. I love to hear from you.