I know the New Year is an arbitrary date, but the idea of starting anew with endless possibilities is always exciting for me. I like to take stock of things I did or things that happened to me in the last year. It’s fun to realize that I live a pretty amazing life.
In 2015, I published my first young adult suspense novel, RACE WITH DANGER. I had great fun writing it, and it is currently a finalist in a nationwide contest. I will have the second book in this trilogy completed in a month or two.
In 2015, my novel THE ONLY CLUE won the Grand Prize in the Mystery and Mayhem contest, and my novel THE ONLY WITNESS won Honorable Mention in a Library Journal contest (which is a bigger deal than it sounds like).
A couple of years ago THE ONLY WITNESS won a Grand Prize in the Chanticleer Blue Ribbon Contest. Apparently readers like signing gorillas.
I got the rights back to my three Penguin/Berkley Prime Crime mysteries and republished them myself so I could finally make some money from them.
I went to Costa Rica with my sister and twelve other great people.
I enjoyed doing things with my mom in town.
With almost zero snow in the Cascades, I spent a lot of time hiking with friends in beautiful places.
I laughed a lot at my crazy cats.
Life is good.
And 2016 will be even BETTER!
I hope you’re feeling the same way.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!