Those of you who are familiar with my writing journey know that I took some major time off over the past couple of years. After 11 books releasing over a 4 year period, I took time off to (as my grandmother suggested) live life instead of writing about it.
And today marks the one year anniversary of the day my husband proposed–so obviously I heeded her advice!
I decided a few months ago that it was time to start writing again…and honestly I was nervous. I was worried I’d taken off too long. What if the words no longer came? What if I was out of ideas?
Thankfully those fears have been put to rest and I’m so pleased to announce that I’ve signed with Guideposts to write a new continuity series! Six other authors and I will be writing the series–a cozy mystery series set in Ohio Amish country. We’ll each write different titles–but the same characters and setting. It will be so fun to collaborate!
The first book in the series will come out next summer. I’m not totally sure when mine will come out–but I’ll certainly keep you posted!
As this school year starts and students and teachers are in the beginning stages of their year, I’m at the same beginning stage of my novel. I worked on my writing calendar last weekend and this week I’m jumping into some plotting.
It feels great to be writing with a purpose again!
Lisa Jordan says
Your grandmother offered great advice. So many times we think we’re living the dream, but we’re actually pushing ourselves into burn-out. Even our dreams need moderation and distance at times. Congrats on the new contracts.
Annalisa Daughety says
Merrillee Whren says
Annalisa, congratulations on your fresh start. I was right there last fall after a three-year hiatus from writing for a traditional publisher. My mother-in-law was in poor health and had come to live with us. We made a cross-country move from Florida to Arizona. I spent marvelous time with my grandchildren. But after my mother-in-law passed away and we were settled in Arizona, I sent in a proposal for a new series with Harlequin Love Inspired. I’m working on those books right now.
Annalisa Daughety says
Thanks, Merrillee! Glad to know I’m not the only one who has taken a break!
Shari Howe says
I love reading Christian books, but Guideposts’ books are my favorite. Congratulations! I’ll be watching for your new book.