because, among other things, I've been writing. 2020 was hard for most everyone - for some it was far worse than for others, as we know. With so much known and unknown going on, I experienced a lot of trouble writing. I could write, yes, but not what I wanted to write. My usual somewhat angsty but essentially upbeat stories kept derailing, and though I kept trying to write per my usual process, it wasn't working - until I met the character, Lilliane Moore. I was very fortunate to be able to spend the latter half of 2020 in Lilliane's head, and at the end of the year as 2021 was arriving, A Barefoot Tide was getting close to publication.
I love A Barefoot Tide and the characters and the story. But A Barefoot Tide was intended to be a single title, with other books yet to come in the same setting - all single titles. But...the readers spoke. They wanted to know more about what came next for Lilliane. And so did I. So I settled at my desk in my writing room and got to work - having absolutely no idea where this story would go and where it would take me.
And there were a lot of fun surprises along the way.
A Dancing Tide, the sequel to A Barefoot Tide, is now set for release on October 12, 2021. Again, as with 2020, I feel blessed to have been able to spend most of 2021 with Lilliane. She is the essential Cub Creek character and she has the opportunity to experience a life she's never known at the beach - the unbelievably beautiful landscape of the Outer Banks and of Emerald Isle, NC. Plus, it was so much fun to be able to include crossover characters from both the Cub Creek books and the Emerald Isle Series.
The background of the image here is actually a photo I took on a recent trip to Emerald Isle. It was every bit as gorgeous as the pictures suggests.
So, yes, the past two years have been difficult for me, but with that difficulty were some blessings. I hope you can say the same. Lilliane learned from her mother, as I learned from mine (who left us at the beginning of 2020), not to borrow trouble from tomorrow, but to live each day as it comes.