The Write Romantics blog is approaching its sixth anniversary and as a group of bloggers and writers we are still close friends and always there for each other. All of us are still writing – in various degrees of manic activity. Some of us have deadlines that scare the cr*p out of us and some are writing in a more leisurely way. All of us are published, either in the traditional way or by choosing the indie route.
Like many of the Write Romantics, I have chosen both routes as I am about to have my historical romance The Potter’s Daughter published by Choc Lit/Ruby Fiction on the 12th February – just in time for Valentine’s Day.
I know Jessica Redland’s delightful ‘Wish I Could Tell You Goodbye’ is bubbling away ready for release in March/April. Helen Phifer has another book out in May and is fast becoming the queen of spooky stories. Helen Rolfe is a prolific writer and has recently secured some fabulous deals and Jo Bartlett has recently released her thirteenth book – their output puts me to shame.
Sharon Booth writes gorgeous, feel good books set in North Yorkshire and Deirdre Palmer writes thought-provoking, intelligent novels, often with a touch of romance. Rachael Thomas is still writing romance in her specialist genre and ‘Seducing his Convenient Innocent’ is out in February, and Lynne Pardoe, busy with her cute dogs, is still writing up her experiences from her days of social work. Alys West is hard at work on her third book which I know will be fabulous as her first book, Beltane, is still in a good place in the Amazon charts.
Many of us published Christmas books which are still selling well – maybe the recent flurry of snow helped sales along – and we’re not complaining. So in spite of all the worries of Brexit (which is now confusing me so much I have no idea if I’m a Brexiteer, a Bremoaner or a Remainer) I think we’ve proved that tenacity and determination can bring about all of our dreams of being published – which was what brought us all together in the first place.