I could be a monkey

So many stories, not enough time

I can't believe this year is almost halfway over! After quitting my full time job and becoming a full time writer in January, I had my book year planned out. But sometimes plans change and with a creative brain, who's a 100% pantster, I go where the inspiration goes. So, I figured it was time to give a little update!

You might be wondering what's coming after Chasing Cars and the Lessons We Learned releases on May 16th. I've got so many projects in the mix right now it's hard to tell which one will come out first! So, let's break it down a little.

I Could Be A Monkey is coming very soon. It's in the interior formatting stage right now. The hope is to have it available next month before Utopia Con! Cross your fingers and toes.

At this very moment, Michele and I are writing our novella for the 10 Things I Love About You box set coming this FALL. The story is unfolding into what could be something bigger and we're super excited about it! So be on the look out for that.

But before 10 Things I Love About You came to fruition, Michele and I were working on another story––one that we were almost done with!––and then completely reworked the story line on our road trip to Authors in the Bluegrass last month. We're still hoping to have this one completed before the end of the year, but we shall see!

For my solo books? Willowhaven #3, Stain, and Faylinn #5? Well, unfortunately those got put on the back burner. I still think about them and plot as ideas come to me, but writing with Michele has been where the inspiration is. And I know y'all want stories I love and care about, and don't force. Those books are still coming, I just can't tell you when.

The plan was to get all these books out before the end of the year, but I've got a lot going on personally. Between selling and building a house, moving to Utah (temporarily) at the end of the year to start IVF treatments, and other family and personal things, bear with me! There's still a lot of exciting things to come! Just might not be in the timeline I had planned.

 

I Could Be A Monkey

Y'all this one has been a long time coming and I'm so excited to finally share the cover of I Could Be A Monkey with you!

I first got the idea for this book a few years ago when I was speaking with a friend who has a son with severe autism. Because of his disability it’s difficult for him to relate to others, but the one thing he loves most is to pretend he is a monkey. My good friend decided to paint the inside of his closet like a jungle and reinforce the clothing rod so he could have a place to be himself, swinging around and doing tricks.

It touched my heart and reminded me of all the things parents do that children might not realize, so they feel loved and accepted and encouraged to be whatever they want to be.

I'm so blessed to have such talented friends to create this book with! Veranda (illustrator) and Starla (interior formatter) are rock stars!

There's no official release date yet. Because this is my first children's book, the process has been a little different. So as soon as it's available for purchase I'll be shouting it from the mountaintops!