2016 in review

What a freaking year, eh?

The world is sort of going to shit. I'm lucky enough that in my personal life, everything is that opposite.

In March 2016I moved to New York for my job. It was the best decision; I love this city, I love the work that I'm doing, I love my apartment, I love eating all the food in this marvelous city. And on the writing side, I love getting to know such a marvelous, strange, complicated city and I hope to do it justice in fiction.

I finished writing The Troubleand it was released in November, 2016. It's my first published book, and it's been well-received, and I'm proud of it.

I spent the summer finishing Sparkwood, and then submitted and was accepted to LT3's enemies-to-lovers collection, My Dearest Enemy. Sparkwood will come out in 2017, but it's a book heavily rooted in 2016. I started (and finished) watching Twin Peaks that year, and its weird brand of small town drama and supernatural fuckery made me feel ready to write fantasy and murder mysteries again.

In the fall, I had a ton of new ideas for stories. The next project I'm working on is a short story for LT3's A Fool For You anthology, which I'll need to finish pretty damn soon so I won't jinx myself by teasing it too much. Suffice it to say it will be in the same vein as Sparkwood: wacky supernatural hijinks and sexy stuff. If it gets accepted you'll see it in the antho, and if it doesn't I'll fix it up and find another home for it!

My next book will be another fantasy, this time a historical set in 1920s New York City. I started writing it in fall, and totally reworked it during NaNoWriMo, and now I'm set to rework it again because it's evolved from "plotless excuse for sexytimes" into "sudden dramatic love story with ghosts," so that's cool.

I'm really looking forward to working hard in 2017, both personally and, you know, to fix the mess that the world is right now. As far as my books go, I hope they make people happy! That's the most important thing they can do, imo.

Here's to a happy New Year.

xoxo, daria