Happy Mid Birthday

I’m not good at remembering birthdays. I send cards and messages, but often they’re sheepishly inserted into the post box a little late and prefaced with an apology. If you’re reading this and it applies to you then I’m sorry. It’s not that I don’t think of you on your birthday. I do – but by then it’s too late to get the card to you on time.

A new year brings new resolutions and this year I did promise myself I’d try to be more organised. I thought I was doing well. The cards were reaching people on time, I’ve fastidiously sent out messages and felt quite smug – until I realised that I’d forgotten one. The anniversary of my book release.

OK, so maybe that doesn’t matter so much. Maybe authors don’t celebrate such anniversaries? I don’t know since I’m new at this game. But I thought that, now I have remembered, I should mark it in some way. You only release a debut novel once, right?

Then came the next dilemma. My book was released on Kindle on January 16th and in paperback on February 13th. Which should I choose? I decided to choose today – halfway in between. So, a big Happy Birthday to An Unfamiliar Murder. You’ve given me a great year.

I should also thank all the wonderful readers who make me so happy with all their lovely comments and reviews. When the book came out, I had no idea that I’d still be receiving messages a year later. Only today fellow writer, Zoe Harrington, whose blog I really admire, has taken the trouble to review my novel and awarded it five stars – truly the icing on the cake. You can read her review here.


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