One of the things I enjoy most in my life is the first sip of my coffee in the morning. And I’m not just saying that because it seems popular or like something a person would write next to an Instagram post of a super-fancy-over-the-top-latte. Let’s be honest, what we see on social media is not the whole story. We see fragments of a shiny diamond, and we feel as though it out-does us, yet the rough, uncut and unpolished aspects don’t see the light of day. To be honest, I’m not sure I would want to see them, or share them myself. But being aware we’re only seeing part of life, perhaps makes us more likely to go off and live the other parts of ours rather than wasting it ogling what other people are doing.
Anyway, getting back to that coffee (I’m on my second now), it really is one of my favourite things. I think lots of life is in the small things and it’s good to focus on the little pleasures, or what happens is the bigger things, which can sometimes be a little pants, are likely to obscure anything great that’s going on. Like when that first sip of velvety, bitter-sweet coffee, with the right balance of milk to black nectar, hits the tongue and then the back of your throat. That moment you choose to lean back against the kitchen side, the battered work-top pressing against you reassuringly, and stare out the window at your neighbours’ houses.
You’re not really looking, but then the neighbour’s dog just coming back from a walk catches your eye and you can’t help your mouth turn up in a quick smile at the cuteness. And your mind, free and open trips over the things you’re doing that day, what needs to be done, what’s realistic, what can wait. The good bits of the day coming up and the pants bits. And because you’ve taken this moment to consider the opportunities of a new day – and if you’re like me (when I remember) you pray about them – everything seems to fall slightly more into perspective. You smile, because nothing’s really too big, nothing too far, nothing too hard. Then you smile again because you’re being soppy and will probably still have a melt-down when things don’t work out later. But you’ll still have much to be thankful for, you’ll still be able to giggle at something silly and enjoy the life you have. Then you finish your coffee and you plunge head-on into the fray.
Of course, all this is made far better when my husband brings me the coffee and I can be lazy about making it. Ha! But it’s one of my favourite things. There really is nothing that tastes quite like that first sip of coffee. So, what will I be up to this year story-wise?
Well, last year saw the launch of my first fantasy novel, The Edict. This was so exciting for me as I wrote the first draft of the novel when I was 17 and I’ve finally been able to share it with everyone! It’s received some great reviews so far,
‘The Edict…is in a class of its own. Fantasy is a genre I find I am increasingly drawn to & in this fictionalised re-telling of the history of Esther, consort to King Xerces, the author has developed something really special. The characters in the novel are extremely well crafted, especially the heroine, Kiara, who certainly knows her own mind, and heart.
I can’t wait for Book 2! This book was read in 2 sessions & comes highly recommended.’
– Maureen Wright, Amazon reviewer
‘Romance and magic against the backdrop of war; The Edict has all the ingredients of a great fantasy. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but the author is brilliant at building tension, I was hooked; especially towards the end. Now I just have to wait patiently for book two!‘
– Victoria Jones, Amazon reviewer
‘The plot of this story is hard to predict, and the same can be said of the well thought out characters. This makes for a thoroughly gripping read…One word of WARNING: Don’t read this book on your holiday unless you don’t want to do anything other than read…!‘
– Joe Leach, Amazon reviewer
‘Initially drawn in by the unfolding adventure, I found that the author’s trademark intelligent writing style gave real weight to the individual characters, particularly Trevisian (dark, mysterious, moody, flawed). By underpinning this fantastical world with a fiery romance and many plot twists along the way, Keyworth keeps her reader hooked to the very last page, delivering both a satisfying ending – and promising more!‘
– An Amazon reviewer
So thank you to all the readers – you make my job possible! And this year I’ve got lots of plans. I rarely stick to schedule, such is the life of a creative writer, if I did I’d have 30 books out by now…if only! However, I don’t think there’s harm in telling you I’m working on a sequel to Fool Me Twice!!! It’s so exciting!!! It’ll be my first Historical Romance series and I can’t wait for you to meet the new hero and heroine. They’re great – the heroine is wonderfully eccentric and funny, and the hero a reserved gentleman – so you can imagine the conversations… It’s going to be easy to read as a standalone, so you won’t have had to read Fool Me Twice, but if you have it’ll be fun for you to see where this new hero and heroine fit in, and also to see several of your favourite characters again, further on in their stories. It’s something I’m enjoying, writing romances that don’t just end in ‘and they walked into the sunset’, but rather continue on, like they do in real life.
Then there’s the second book in The She Trilogy, which is obviously on the cards. I’ve done some initial foraying back into that fantasy world and it’s going to be exciting meeting up with old characters and seeing some powerful new ones come to the fore. That’ll probably be worked on more definitively later in the year.
I also started some time ago an 18th century romance adventure set in Cornwall. This one has been so enjoyable for me to get my teeth into as it’s involved plenty of research, especially into King Arthur and smugglers! Then there’s been the actual site visits I’ve undertaken. Like visiting the inn that my main character frequents and examining the local smuggling beaches. As is my passion, it’ll have a love story at it’s core but there will be plenty of adventure and perhaps even room for more than one story. It allows me to sate my appetite for Cornish culture and that beautiful West Country, so I’m a happy bunny.
Finally, it’s exciting to be able to say that there should be some audiobook versions of my novels coming out during the year and into the following few. It’s been wonderful to work with a narrator who’s really bringing my stories and characters to life and it means that if you’re a busy bee and struggle to find the time to sit and read without feeling guilty or rushed, you can fit in some wonderful stories while you’re going about your business, in the car during your commute or gardening, walking or cooking! More on that to follow in the coming months.
So, there’s lots going on, and we’ll see how it goes getting all these stories up on their feet and out the door into the big wide-world. Whatever goes on I am determined to enjoy myself doing it 🙂