2020: A Bad Year For Living But Not For Writing
Although, like most people, I don’t have fond memories of 2020, I’m proud that I published 3 books during the year of the pandemic: Memory Makers, No Gravestone Unturned (Cobble Cove #5), and Pet Posts: The Cat Chats.
, a medical mystery published by Next Chapter, was released in July. It’s the story of Lauren Phelps, a woman who volunteers for a clinical trial of a new memory drug hoping to recall the face of the “shadow” man who kidnapped her and her sister twenty-five years ago. While Lauren escaped, her sister was murdered.
, a Halloween mystery and the 5th book of my Cobble Cove cozy series, was published in October. It featured a murder in a cemetery that was witnessed by Sneaky the Library cat. While Alicia, Gilly, and the sheriff try to solve it, Sneaky and his gal pal, Kittykai, as well as a black cat inn guest, also try to lend a paw.
, my first non-fiction pet book, came out in early December. This book features full-color photos of six of my cats and features articles and blog posts covering topics of feline health, behavior, and also includes short stories and quizzes, all told from the cat’s point of view.
My short science fiction stories, “The Felindae Mission” and “Mirror Image” appeared in the Red Penguin Collection, .
I had three poems published in anthologies: “Window Cats” in the 2020 ; “Poetry Contest” in the ; and “Advent” in the ‘ anthology published by Red Penguin Books.
I’m looking forward to 2021 as a year that’s better for everyone and one in which I hope to continue sharing my writing with readers. I’m thankful for the support of those who purchase and review my books and stories and for the friends, family, and fellow authors who share my news, encourage, and inspire me.
In January, I’ll be starting the monthly First Draft virtual writer’s club for my library. In February, I’ll be hosting the monthly Fun with Fiction library book club on Zoom. For more information on these free online Zoom programs and registration details, you can read my blog post (link: ). Also, at the end of February, I’ll be presenting an online writer’s workshop, “From Blogs to Books: How To Publish for Pleasure or Profit” for Long Island University. Details will be provided in my February author newsletter that you can subscribe to at .
Last, but not least, I’m happy to announce that my New Year’s story, “Toasting 2021,” has been accepted for the upcoming We Made It anthology of the Red Penguin Collection.
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