The Year That Was

Well, 2017 is almost over and I figured it was time to look back on the year that was.

According to Goodreads, I read 80 books this year. Some of those were novellas, others were books on marketing and self-publishing, and one was a 23 book box set. I read in a wide range, from science fiction to historical romance and I even managed a few zombie apocalypse stories.

I wrote and published Silver Reaper, the third and final book in the Reaper Series. I also found a home for my post-apocalyptic style fantasy, Dark Justice, with Odyssey Books. I finished off the year by writing two novellas to follow on from my YA paranormal fantasy Angel Fire. Wild Lightning and Hidden Aftershock are with the editor so stay tuned for more on my novella series Arcane Awakenings.

In April I was lucky enough to attend two local popular culture conventions, PopCon in Gladstone, and CapriCon in Rockhampton. There were great turnouts at both events and so many amazing costumes on display, and I got to chat with readers and aspiring authors and had a great time.

In October I attended Writefest in Bundaberg, and followed that up with GenreCon in Brisbane in November. It is always fantastic to get together with other writers to workshop and develop our craft. The writing community is so welcoming and friendly, I highly recommend getting out there and meeting your tribe. You will have a ball.

So, where to from here?

Dark Justice will be released in June 2018, and I am currently working on the sequel. I would love to get a third book in the series written by the end of the year. I also plan to write three more novellas for Arcane Awakenings and hope to have the complete series published by the close of 2018. My new desk is going to get a workout.

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I will be attending CapriCon (April 2018) and PopCon (May 2018), and hope to make it to one or two writing festivals throughout the year as well. I will have to see how far my budget stretches to make that happen.

One thing I know I will be doing plenty of is reading. It was my love of reading that made me want to be an author, and I love nothing more than curling up with a good book.

How about you? What will you be doing in 2018?

Whatever your plans, I hope you have a fantastic New Year and all your dreams come true.

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