Lets face it. I would find the time to release up to three books a year, if my writing paid the bills. Due to the sad fact that it doesn't pay the bills (insert labour of love here), my day job as an Aged Care Clinical Nurse Consultant provides that income, and allows me to continue to publish and pursue my passion for writing fictional stories that make people smile.
I set my self a deadline of the 1st April as the planned release date for my new novella titled 'Not Dead Yet', but alas, life got in the way, and I am behind schedule. On top of my writing, I work full time in my nursing career, am often the main care giver to my two stepsons when they are with us, as their father works shift work, and I am putting lots of time and effort into trying to lose weight, and improve my fitness.
The manuscript is finished, but needs to go through multiple rounds of edits, be read by my beta readers, edited again once I get their valued feedback, be proof read, and get formatted, therefore I don't want to rush this process in order to meet my original deadline. I have decided to delay release until June.
'Not Dead Yet', tells the story of seventy one year old Mary. Finding herself widowed after suddenly losing her husband of fifty one years, she feels a bit lost. Not to mention, she has had enough of living next door to her nosy neighbour Gertrude. If she sticks her nose over the fence one more time, Mary might throw something rather heavy at her.
Mary also misses her life long friend Barbara, who now sadly resides in a Nursing Home in sunny Queensland. She hasn't seen her old friend for five long years. So, after some encouragement from her family, she decides to sell up her home in Sydney and move to a Retirement Village in the Sunshine State to be closer to Barbara. Her loyal little cat, Bonnie, who is as old as Mary in cat years, joins her on the adventure.
Mary has never been what you would call a 'People Person', with her late husband Bob being the more outgoing of the two. Mary has always enjoyed her own company and struggles with the many personalities she encounters in the village. There are two things Mary won’t tolerate, idiots, and nasty women. Unfortunately for her, the village is full of them. Has Mary made a mistake moving there, or will she find something wonderful?
There are plenty of laughs as Mary navigates settling into her new life. I hope my readers find Mary's story worth the wait.