Today – this morning, in fact – I typed THE END at the bottom of the second Time Police story – Hard Time. Before massive squeeing echoes around the land let me say this doesn’t mean that it’s finished. Sadly, that’s a long way off. I’ve just got the bare bones down and now it’s time to turn it into a story. This is not an easy process – I always liken it trying to stuff a double duvet into a single cover – in the dark while wearing boxing gloves. In other words, a bit of a nightmare. I have prepared for this ordeal with some exotic chocolate - purchased under the heading of ‘Research’, some nice bread, some even nicer cheese, a good book, a comfortable sofa and Love Actually. Writing is hell, sometimes. I’ve also had an email from Audible telling me the recording of Doing Time is under way – thank you, Zara – so everything is on track and I feel I can legitimately celebrate Christmas this year, instead of just half an hour on Christmas afternoon before returning to a panting laptop. The final edits for Plan For the Worst arrive on Monday and I’m hoping to get them done before Christmas. I love the cover for this one and can’t wait to see what they’ll come up with for Hard Time. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas. It’s been an exciting year with new publishers, new agent, new contracts, and but it can take it out of you a bit. And that doesn’t even take into account what’s been happening in the rest of the world. Although as a writer, this doesn’t usually register much on my radar. I hope very much that everyone has the Christmas they wanted and that we all have a considerably less stressed New Year. I also hope you enjoy this year's Christmas story - Why Is Nothing Ever Simple? which features Major Guthrie's last jump. It's available in eBook and audio versions and will be released on Christmas Day.
Take care, everyone. Best wishes from Jodi x