It’s been a good year. I’ve managed to get my first book out the door and an official website up and running. That being said, I’ve definitely had help and would like to take a moment to thank all the wonderful people who have played a part in all that has come to pass.
First, a big shout out to the ever affable Lee Harris, the talented individual who not only built my website but also designed the fantastic cover art for King. In spite of my complete nescience when it comes to both website and cover design, Lee has been nothing but patient and helpful when dealing with my constantly wavering whims. I encourage any in the market for high quality graphic design or website work to check out his company TBA Media here.
Next I’d like to thank my faithful writers group, Tits and Guns. Sam, Dean and Tai, you guys are the business. You keep me writing week in and week out, while also serving as a veritable editing force when required. The fact that you are all able to respond to a ninth draft with as much vigour and interest as the first is testament to just how much you love the craft. While we’ve had other members come and go throughout the year, you three have been the ever-important regulars that have kept the group alive.
It would be remiss of me however not to mention the sagely Mike Cole, an ex-member who while unfortunately had to leave the country has remained an important part of any project I work on. Along with reading any new draft I send his way, Mike also wrote the blurb for King on Amazon, an eloquent summary that has played an important part in enticing potential readers.
Lastly, I would like to give an incredibly gracious thank you to my best friend and loving partner, Liz. Literally on a daily basis, you support me through my creative ups and downs, my frustrations and anxieties. You are the first to read every blog post, short story and chapter I produce, all of which you give nothing but the most sincere and serious respect. You are never afraid to tell me when I’m when I’m not giving it all I could, or when the work itself simply isn’t up to snuff. Although sometimes I may not handle it as well as I should, your blunt, honest and informed feedback is one of the most treasured tools in my creative process. I absolutely would not be where or who I am today without you.
With 2014 drawing to a close, I’m more excited than ever to deliver new work. While progress continues on my second novel, I’m going to be putting out some smaller pieces to keep the content flowing between major releases. First on the agenda are three brand new short stories, The Mountain, Walumarra and An Awfully Big Adventure. I had hoped to release them this year, but unfortunately it’s taken me a little longer than expected to get them out the door. My current goal is to see them all available on Amazon by February.
Before I go, I’d like to offer one final thanks to any who are reading this right now. Between the traffic on my Facebook page, the reader reviews up on Amazon and the actual copies of King out there on your eReaders, the encouragement I’ve received this year has been nothing short of inspiring. Writing has been a lifelong ambition of mine, and it’s difficult to put into words just how flattering it is to have the support of so many people. I’m thrilled to have you all by my side for what lies in the years ahead.
But for now, here’s to 2015. Let’s make it a good one.