The end of the year crept up on me! Oh sure, I went to my son’s holiday winter concert—his last one, in fact, since he graduates in the spring. And yes, I did force both my teenagers to help decorate the house while listening to classic Christmas music (did you know I have Robert Goulet and Tony Bennett on vinyl??). And naturally I spent more money than I can comfortably afford on presents for loved ones, per usual. Yet somehow, the big picture escaped me: it’s nearly the end of 2021!
In my defense, I have been rather busy. For the second year in a row, I had two books published. Last year in 2020 was the release of The Ranger of Marzanna, the first volume in my epic fantasy trilogy The Goddess War, which was published by Orbit Books. That same year, my first middle grade novel, The Hacker’s Key was published by Scholastic Books. In 2021, the second Goddess War novel, The Queen of Izmoroz, was published by Orbit in the spring. Then my fantasy noir novel Gutter Mage, written under the name J.S. Kelley, was published in the fall.
Whew, that’s a lot, right?
But hey, why have two books published in a single year when you can have three???