“It seemed like you were gaining so much momentum in mid 2021, then it all stopped. Personally I was looking forward to book nine of Chronicles of a Hero, or the new Middle Grade series you mentioned you wanted to create.
Just wondering what happened?”
Jenna Allsop, AU
That’s a good questions, Jenna.
I’ve been wondering the same thing.
The first thing I’d like to do is put your mind to rest, because there are projects I’m working on, and if even half of my life goes well, there will be more fictional publications this year.
So don’t worry—if there’s one thing I’m good at, it’s working under extreme exhaustion and pressure.
There’s a reason I have a podcast called Life is Like Fiction. Most of the things that happen to me, you likely wouldn’t believe.
Both good AND not-so-good.
At the moment, I’m trying to catch my breath, and organize my life once again, which hasn’t been the same since my last two daughters got married at the same time. That leave five out of 13 still at home, all much younger, and I just don’t move as fast as I used to.
Chronicles was forced to take a back seat as my websites had to be completely reconstructed, sales automated, and a new work system put into place.
That’s not your problem, I know—but it affects anyone who reads my works.
I do wish I was superman some days, or that I had a staff to assist me in the development, editing, publishing, web design, coding….and the list goes on and on.
But I don’t.
It’s just me.
My day job—illustrating—continues, and I was blessed to be hired by Mike Rowe and his Mother, Peggy, to do some illustrations. The cover for her third book “Vacuuming in the Nude” was my latest work, and I’m happy to say people are laughing out loud when they see the cover.
Makes me smile.
But what I think it’s important to remind people, is there are challenges and variables behind the scenes, behind the smiles, posts, and encouraging words that few people see.
Health issues, death, near-death, multiple new births (yay—grand babies!)…and all the emotional pull and strain that goes with it have hit my family unceasingly for nearly eight months.
Here’s the thing, Jenna…
I’m writing every day. I’m drawing every day.
Books are being written. Podcasts are being outlined.
…and I’m positive you’ll be pleased, because I’ll make sure the wait is worth it.
You have my word.
BTW, if anyone would like to check out Peggy Rowe’s new book, which is hilarious, it’s now available for pre-order.
Check it out here.