Looking forward to 2019

Looking forward to 2019

It’s the time of year when I, like many of you, look back over the last year, 2018, whilst looking forward to what the New Year might hold.

Back in March, I was delighted to win the Tim Poole Cup. This was a competition organised by Gloucestershire Federation of WIs to write about what your WI means to you. Not only was I stunned to win with my poem but thrilled to be presented with my trophy in Cheltenham by Adam Henson of Countryfile.

June saw me head to Crete on a research trip for my next book. Well, okay, I went on holiday and whilst there wasn’t much actual writing done, I did come back with a notebook full of ideas. It’s the second time I’ve been on holiday solo and can thoroughly recommend it. I had a fantastic time visiting the island, taking in the history and architecture and even a visit to Santorini. The highlight for me, however, was making the trip to the former leper colony of Spinalonga where one of my favourite books is set – The Island by Victoria Hislop. It’s a fascinating, if haunting, place and it felt quite surreal to actually follow in the footsteps of the characters. I half expected to bump into some of them as I turned the corner.

The rest of the year was full of highs and lows – a family wedding full of joy but also close friends losing loved ones or being diagnosed with serious illness. The literary highlight was in September with the publication of Finding Rose as well as attending a workshop on characterisation organised by the Birmingham Chapter of the RNA.

Whatever 2019 holds for you, I hope it’s a good one. I’ll be busy working on a new Greek series and perhaps a sequel to Finding Rose.

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