Looking back at 2019 and writing goals for 2020

new year 2020

  Like for many of us, the beginning of a new year is a time to look back at the past year for me—and a time to make plans and goals for the new year. Goal setting has helped me a lot as a full-time writer. So, let’s see how I did on my goals for 2019:   Write and publish two English novels.  I did achieve that goal. Not the Marrying Kind, book 2 of the Fair Oaks series, was published in May. The Roommate Arrangement, a romance novel about a feisty comedian and a brooding former cop, was …

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2018 in review and my writing goals for 2019

Like for many of us, the beginning of a new year is a time to look back at the past year for me—and a time to make plans and goals for the new year. Goal setting has helped me a lot as a full-time writer. So, let’s see how I did on my goals for 2018:   Write and publish two English novels.  I did achieve that goal, but the second novel wasn’t the one I expected. I published Just for Show, a romance novel about a fake relationship, in February. Novel #2 wasn’t another book in the Portland Police …

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2017 in review and my writing goals for 2018

2017 is drawing to a close. Just three more days and we’ll be into 2018. For me, the week between Christmas and the New Year is always a time to look back at the past year and make goals for the next year. So, how did I do on my writing goals for 2017? A year ago, I posted my goals for 2017, which were: Write and publish two English novels.  I did achieve that goal. My medical romance Falling Hard was published in April, and Perfect Rhythm, a romance novel with an asexual main character, was published in September. …

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10 Lessons learned from 4 years as a full-time writer

Four years ago today, on December 22, 2013, I left my day job as a psychologist to write full-time. Today, I thought I’d look back and see what lessons I have learned since then and what things I wished I had known when I started. So here’s what I learned in the past four years:   1. It’s possible to make a living writing lesbian fiction Lately, I’ve seen a lot of discussions about how hard—or even impossible—it is to make a living if you’re writing lesbian fiction. Going full-time as a writer was a big, scary step to take, …

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Monthly update – December 2016

Over the past several years, I’ve made it a tradition to post my working hours every month to keep myself accountable and to give you some insight into what’s going on behind the scenes, so to say. I spent the last weeks of December on vacation at a lovely beach with gorgeous weather, so I only now took a look at my December numbers. Here’s what I’ve been up to in the last month of 2016: I got the edits back for my latest novel, Falling Hard, which is a medical romance between an interracial couple. Luckily, there wasn’t that …

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Review of my 2016 goals and my writing goals for 2017

2016 was a year that was challenging and stressful, but at the same time also very rewarding.   Review of my goals for 2016   A year ago, I posted my writing goals for 2016, which were:   1. Write and publish two English novels, Shaken to the Core, (historical romance) and one that is tentatively titled Connected (contemporary romance). I did achieve that goal. Shaken to the Core was published in June, and Heart Trouble (which got a new title during the writing process) came out in October. Both received great reviews, so readers seem to be as happy with how these …

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Monthly update – November 2016

Jeez, it’s December already, and Christmas and the New Year are knocking on our doors! I’m leaving for a vacation at a hopefully sunny beach in about two weeks, so I’m pleased that I managed to finish revising my work in progress, Falling Hard. I just sent it off to my editor yesterday. Here’s what it’s all about: Dr. Jordan Williams devotes her life to two things: saving patients in the operating room and pleasuring her latest conquest in the bedroom. Her idea of commitment is spending a few hours together in bed. Single mom Emma Larson is Jordan’s polar …

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Monthly update – October 2016

October and Halloween are over, and we’re heading toward Christmas and the year’s end already! Hard to believe, isn’t it? October was a record month for me. I had several new books out: My contemporary lesbian romance Heart Trouble is now available through all major online bookstores. I also published two nonfiction guides for writers: Show, Don’t Tell and Point of View. And my holiday-themed romance novel Under a Falling Star is now available as an audiobook! So, as you can see, I had a lot of reasons to celebrate in October–and I did…with cheesecake! Yum! I also spent most …

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Monthly update – September 2016

It’s definitely fall here, but since I’m lucky enough to live in the sunniest city in Germany, I still get to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine. And speaking of enjoying… I’ve been reading the early reviews of my new novel Heart Trouble, and it seems readers are enjoying it very much. It’s already available at the Ylva webstore and you can pre-order it on Amazon. It will be out at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other bookstores this Wednesday. I just got the edits for the translation of Heart Trouble back and all looks great for a release in late November/early …

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Monthly update (June & July 2016)

I realized that I was so busy in June that I didn’t post my monthly update. There’s been a lot going on these past two months. In June, I spent a week on Lesbos for a “book holiday”—writing workshops, readings, book discussions with readers, beach, and great Greek food. By the way, Lesvos Lesfic will be an annual event, so if that sounds tempting, check it out! In July, I spent two weeks in the US or, to be more exact, in the Alexandria/Washington, D.C., area for some sightseeing and attending the GCLS conference. It’s always great to spend a …

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