With only a few hours of it left, 2010 has been a special year for me so, in a way, I’m sorry to see it go. I wanted to say a couple of important thank you’s before it becomes part of history, and share random pictures of some of my favorite moments of the latter part of 2010. This one is my sweet, five-year-old nephew under the tree on Christmas morning). He’s nowhere near as angelic as he looks, I promise, but I love him to bits.
In June 2010, my first book, MADNESS AND MURDER, debuted, initially as an e-Book, before it saw print in September. Special thanks to Kat Thompson and Karen Syed of Echelon Press for getting me started on my writing career. Since the release of my book, I’ve met some fabulous literary folks, both writers and readers, and made lasting friendships. I’m truly thankful to and for them all. In early 2010, I also signed contracts with Echelon Press for my second suspense novel, No Alibi, due out in 2011.
In November, I flew to my home town of Swindon, and an unseasonably cold, sub-zero British climate. Photo of Swindon was taken by my sis, who is quite an excellent photographer it turns out. Beautiful, even in the midst of a big freeze.
At home, I spent a fantastic two weeks with family and friends, some of whom (friends) I hadn’t seen in quite a while. Twenty years melts away between friends like these (seen here with my old school friend, Mandy).
We shared some excellent memories and a lot of laughs, got out the old school books and shocked ourselves at just how naughty we were. She was WAY worse than me (yes, you were Mandy!).
The big freeze continued. In fact, the weird weather worsened, so much so I hoped I might get snowed in and get to spend a few extra days at home. Sad to leave the UK, I returned to the US aboard Virgin Atlantic, my favorite airline. I brought company back with me (me good old mum) to celebrate Christmas in the US. The rest of the family caught up with us throughout the month of December, jetting in at various intervals for the best Christmas present I could ask for – a family Christmas together. The British weather didn’t help the travel, but they all made it, and for this I am grateful. Huge thanks to my family for taking the time and making the trip (and doubling up in rooms to get everyone in). We’ve all realized a get together like this doesn’t happen often enough (added to the NY resolutions). I’m delighted that most of the family are still here, to see in the New Year with me. Only a few hours left to go.
So, as the last light of 2010 fades, I feel nostalgic, a little sad, but mostly optimistic. From all my family to all of yours: Happy New Year. Here’s to a fabulous 2011.