I’m not sure how it happens but I really think I blink and days pass by. I remember as a kid things like Christmas and school breaks seemed to take forever to arrive, now as an adult I feel like Christmas is always just around the corner. And, of course, the more things we have going on the faster the time goes. I had every intention of releasing Altered, my newest novel, this spring but that didn’t happen. Instead, my son and I both had surgery – we are both fully recovered! But a few days after my son’s surgery, we lost our sweet Bella. We’ve gone from 3 dogs to one in the last few years. We are hoping to have our lab Zelie around for many more years!!
Two months later, we suffered a tremendous loss in the passing of my father-in-law. His loss is felt daily and I don’t anticipate that changing anytime soon. He was a good man and we are grateful for all of the love and support he constantly showed us. And for his joy. He laughed deeply all the time. I miss hearing his laugh … but I’m grateful I got to hear it for the last twenty years. I am blessed!
Like real life, my books don’t ever tend to sugarcoat things. Amusingly, when I first started writing Awakening I thought it would be a light-hearted read. It ended up definitely not being that (lol). My newest story doesn’t have a lot of sugarcoating either … I don’t foresee myself writing a romantic comedy anytime soon 🙂
With Altered I set out to write a true dystopian novel and I think I have done that. That means that it is set in the future in a world that is someone’s version of utopia while it’s another’s nightmare. Azalea Rose is living the nightmare, the question is who created it and who believes the world – in all its sameness and false freedoms – is as it should be. Altered will release this month! I hope you love it!