My unintentional sabbatical

Where have the last ten months gone?

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I’ve been on an unintentional sabbatical of sorts since I stepped onto a plane to fly halfway across the world and watch my brother get married in England.

You won’t be able to get any work done on this trip, my (very wise) husband said to me. You should just take the month off.

Of course I didn’t listen. Of course I can get work done, I replied. I’ll have you with me!

HAHAHAHAHA.

Cramped long-haul flights, jetlag, a nasty virus that kept the three of us coughing half the trip - yeah, my husband was right. I successfully managed about ten hours of work over the month we were away, in two Starbucks visits to steal their wifi. It took me maybe two weeks to stop fighting against this and just accept the fact that I was not meant to spend my month in Europe hunched over a laptop - not easy for a workaholic like me!

But then I did relax into having some time off - probably the longest stretch of time away from the writing biz since I published Seven Sons.

And I started to enjoy not being chained to the computer for what felt like most of my days.

And I ended up taking almost TEN MONTHS OFF. Yup, I’m always one for extremes. Stop or Go. All or nothing.

To be clear: I never stopped writing. I couldn’t stop writing, even if I wanted to! It’s a part of who I am, the way I understand the world.

I just stopped with deadlines. With having to meet insane word count goals. I closed my office door in the afternoon and didn’t go back in until the next morning (mostly).

I’ve written a TON in the meantime, probably because without constant pressure, creativity can thrive.

And now, for the past few weeks, I’ve been feeling it. The urge to be BACK. As in, be releasing books, and reconnecting with readers, and posting on my social media channels again.

I’m so glad that England trip forced me off my hamster wheel - and I’m so excited to be stepping back into book world!

Keep your eyes peeled for a new series, an overhauled series, and some exciting publishing news that I’ve been sitting on for FAR too long :)

Lots of Love,

Lili

xxx