As we begin our holiday season, I want to wish you a happy holiday and check in to let you know what I’ve been up to these last couple of months.
Writing and staying in the creative space in 2021 and 2022 has been challenging for me, to say the least. My current work, Hawthorne Manor, was supposed to be released in May of this year. However, with the world shutting down because of the pandemic, crazy politics, and just all-around dark days, I took several months off to focus on my own well-being. However, these last six months I have felt the creative spirit return within me.
I am happy to share that, with a little discipline, I’ve finished the final edits on Hawthorne Manor. The book will be going out to my beta readers the first part of the year and then back to my editor for a final proofread. I must say, you’re going to really enjoy this story, because it’s a little different than your average romance. Hawthorne Manor is more of a contemporary exploration of the foibles of aging, friendship, love, and the beauty that can exist in a “found” family. It features a house full of eccentric characters, witty banter, and a deeply emotional M/M romance. I am 100% positive that the release date will be May 4, 2023.
On a more personal note, my mother, for whom I am a full-time caregiver, was diagnosed with breast cancer in both breasts late in 2021. Her cancer is responding positively to treatment and her spirits remain good. Each week, she and I show up at the Women’s Cancer Treatment Institute, and although she is hurting, she has a smile on her face when she walks in for her injections—and every week, I am once again reminded how young most of the women suffering from this disease are.
I’ve had much time to reflect on life these past few years, and I think that most definitely came through in Hawthorne Manor. If life has taught me anything these last two years, it is that time is not on our side. Say the things you need to say to the ones you love, live out your dreams, and be as authentic as you can for your own well-being.