Only a couple of weeks left of 2016 and I can’t imagine what this year would have to do in order to make people go ”yeah, all in all, it’s been a pretty good year” on New Years Eve. I know I’m not alone in thinking that 2016 has been a tough one, with several icons and role models passing away, wars and struggles that have gone from bad to worse, and a general sense of things deteriorating rather than improving. Well, at least it will be over soon, and then we can start over!
Personally, sure, it’s been a tough year with too much work and not enough play. But at the same time, I can look back at the release of my first books (at last!) and getting some really positive reader reactions to stories that I’ve been mulling over in my head for so long that I was beginning to think that they would never see the light of day. Both Konrad and Lee have made friends around the world and I’m so very excited for the new year and seeing what happens with them in the sequels.
Sure, it would have been great if I could have finished them already, particularly Konrad and the Christmas Painting which has been almost done for what feels like an eternity. But things didn’t turn out that way and I’m trying really hard to not feel bad about the books that I didn’t write yet and instead feel good about the ones that are out there. Konrad and the Birthday Painting is out in two languages now and a total of 5 editions (hardcover and ebook in both English and Swedish and an English paperback. Only last week I managed to add the ebook edition to the Swedish library system and it is already available to borrow electronically at more than 20 libraries all over the country. There will be a Swedish paperback eventually, probably, but it is not a priority at the moment). Outside is available as ebook and paperback, in English only. In both cases I’d rather focus on getting the sequel out than more editions or translations. Hopefully Santa will bring me lots of writing time in a neat package, wrapped with a pretty bow. 🙂
And hopefully I won’t spend too much of that precious time on my new Instagram account! Social media is such a time thief, but I finally opened a public Instagram account so that I can take pictures of my books and post about my writing and so on without spamming my nearest family and friends who might possibly not be that interested in that part of my life. (This also means that I could remove all book-related semi-strangers from my private account and can now start paparazzying my kids again! 🙂 They’re going to be sooo thrilled … Not.) There’s a widget somewhere to the left with my feed and if you click on something there it will take you straight to Instagram where you can like, comment or follow my posts.