2018 has In many ways BEEN a year of seconds: second book, second deal, second mentee.
It was a busy year, manic at times. I was writing book three whilst promoting book two. So I might have spent the day immersed in the world of THE HIDDEN WIFE then the evening reading and signing book two, LYING TO YOU. Which meant a quick refresh of my own words in between, to switch my brain from one book to the other. And although CLOSE TO ME published in 2017, it was translated in France, Poland and Russia in 2018, and published in paperback in the US.
Reflecting on the year, some moments stand out. The announcement in The Bookseller of my second deal, my appearance at Cheltenham and Stroud Festivals, and when my first mentee Nikki told me she’d secured a top literary agent. Also, reading Kate’s writing for the first time, my second mentee, and being invited to join The Ladykillers, a group of brilliant female crime writers.
Lying To You charting on both Amazon Kindle and Kobo bestseller lists was also wonderful, and the great reviews it’s received across Amazon, Netgalley and Goodreads.
2019 will see the publication of THE HIDDEN WIFE and I’ve been asked to do something very exciting later in the year that’s still secret.
Lying To You and Close To Me will also be published in more foreign territories in 2019/2020. It’s so thrilling to see my foreign covers and social media posts from far flung reviewers.
I’m also looking forward to writing something new, a book I hope will capture you all as much as the concept has excited me.
I wish all my readers and fellow writers a healthy, happy and productive new year.