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I'll make this short and sweet . . . my fifth book and the next in the Waldorf Manor series is DONE! It's the only one that took more than three months. In fact, it took ten. I have a low tolerance this time around for any kind of moaning about what people wished happened instead of what I just spent almost a year writing. Just enjoy it.
In the next 24 hours I will be decided whether I move straight on to book six in the series or if I take a wee break and write a different book and come back to the series. I need to make that decision based on my functioning after the kind of work schedule I've been keeping. And for those of you who don't know, I'm back in England. I've been here for a week now and I'm staying until 27th May. I worked on the plane whilst everyone else slept on the flight over and one of the Virgin Atlantic girls (who is adorable and I love her and we exchanged emails) made mention of it when they delivered breakfast at 5am. Such is the life. I love being able to write on the train and being back makes it feel as though time is less wasted. It takes 56 minutes to get to St. Pancras from where I'm staying and if I go up to London, let's say, to have dinner with Uncle David (WHERE I WAS EXTREMELY WELL BEHAVED AND YOU'RE VERY WELCOME!) then that's almost two more hours that would otherwise be difficult in a car. The trains have tables and I always get a table. Bella's spot. Thank you very much. I don't miss our car at all.
I came back to England because the miscarriage made it difficult to continue staring at the same walls as I tried to carry on working. I only had two days off and then I jumped back in, although it felt like I was running round in circles and taking more steps backward than forward. Concentration has been a privilege and I knew I needed a change of scenery. So here I am, trying to live my life and schedule as it has been with a different set of walls and better coffee shops. This book has been hell to write because the past year has been difficult. There are expectations to live up to and Amazon rankings to obsess over now. I need to get back to the mindset that I first had when 'The Solicitation' was written and that's, 'if they don't like it, oh well.' Life changes when you write a series and gain a readership. I've learned a lot about that because I've only ever written a series. I don't even know what it's like to write a book that has nothing to do with Brayden or Alice. There is no shortage of stories to come without my beloved Waldorf babies but as I say, it will be a new concept. I will announce the release date as soon as I know it.
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