Wednesday, January 01, 2020

OUR NEW DECADE




Happy New Year to each of you, wonderful friends. Thank you for stopping by and for buying and reading my books. I treasure your friendship more than you can know!

Here we are at the dawn of a new decade, shiny and bright and sparkling. Each day offers a fresh slate on which we can write our name boldly or smear it a bit. What are your plans for the upcoming year? Do you expect to ‘make your mark’ or ‘go with the flow’? Did you go out to celebrate welcoming in the new decade or stay at home for a quiet evening?

Like many who stayed home, I’m an introvert. This is all right since I spend most of my time alone in my office writing my books. When I have to go out ‘peopling’, being an introvert is hard. In addition, I have an ankle abnormality that makes walking difficult. Thank goodness for online shopping and Amazon Prime!

When I was a small child, I was not just an introvert—I was so shy I was pitiful. I spent the first two days of afternoon kindergarten standing at the room’s door, crying and clutching the little blanket I’d brought for rest time. After the teacher consulted with my mother, I was switched to the morning session. I knew a girl, Judy McClosky, in that class, so I was fine. I actually loved kindergarten after that. Knowing one person made that much difference!

I believe Facebook was created for us introverts. We can interact with dozens of people without leaving our homes. For instance, we could live at Yellowstone National Park and work from an isolated home as Peggy L. Henderson does. Or, we could live atop a mountain like Kirsten Osbourne. Technically, Kirsten is in town, but she is at the top of a long drive up and up. Imagine how isolated authors were before the internet. Supposedly Emily Dickinson rarely left her room. Yikes!

Now I have a tiny office I call my pink cave. I feel happy and comfortable here surrounded by some of my favorite mementos, books, and general stuff. Unfortunately, there is a lot of stuff because I’m sentimental and a saver of too many things.




Currently, I’m putting the finishing touches on AN AGENT FOR LYDIA, Pinkerton Matchmaker Series, which will release on January 10. These are fun to write and I’ve enjoyed those I’ve read.



My next project is A BRIDE FOR LUKE, Proxy Bride Series, which will release on February 19. I love the cover for this one. Virginia McKevitt designed both covers. The model reminds me of an actress I like but whose name I can’t remember. Christine Sterling conceived both series.

So, you see that my year is starting off at full speed. What’s in store for you?

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