It’s the day for year end posts and so here is mine. Although I suppose I should go back to December of 2014 to properly recap this past year. Night’s Companion was published on December 28, 2014, just shy of the beginning of 2015. I mention that because it started the awesome journey this last year has been.
Chefree was published in February of 2015, There He Sat: Scheming and There He Sat: Pondering in August, There He Sat: Brooding in October and Paisley in December. So, from December 2014 to December 2015, I released two full-length novels, a novella and three short stories. It’s been a fruitful year creatively and I certainly hope to continue producing titles at the same rate in coming years. It may seem like a hurried rate to some, but my circumstances vary from the typical author. Most write in their spare time but I have the luxury of being able to write full-time. Although that luxury came along with chronic health issues that prevent from me from working outside the home, I still feel lucky to be able to devote so much time and energy to the one thing that makes me feel alive and allows me to believe I may be contributing to society in some way.
I don’t mean to imply my work is earth-shattering or of such importance it will change the literary world. That is hardly the case. I will never win a significant award or gain any true recognition in my field and I’m content with that reality. The market is saturated with offerings and it is so difficult to gain any measure of recognition. Regardless, I have had a stellar year in my field. Not sales-wise, I didn’t earn much in the way of royalties, but I was successful, at least in my eyes, nonetheless.
Every review of my titles has been positive, as have the messages I’ve received on my website and on social media sites. You readers enjoy my work and that elates me. I write because I have to, it’s a compulsion to create these worlds and characters. I publish my work to share it with you. To hear that you have enjoyed my work elates me more than you could imagine. If for only a few moments, I have entertained you, pulled you into a world of my making and made you temporarily forget your woes then I have succeeded as an author. Money and recognition may never come my way but success certainly has and I am grateful for that.
2016 will see many new releases from me. I am working on a cougar-shifter paranormal romance, entitled Ravages of Spirit, and on a sequel to Night’s Companion. I did not plan to write a sequel but so many of you have asked for more of Michelle, Kord and Drew that I decided to revisit them. That points to the success I mentioned earlier. I created characters that people like you fell in love with and want to read more about and so, another novel with Kord, Michelle and Drew is on its way. Also in the works are a firefighter contemporary romance series and a wolf-shifter series. I have no doubt another horror offering may push its way into that mix at some point as well. Paisley was fun to write and well received and I would love to write another scary story.
In closing, I would like to thank you readers for your kind comments, awesome reviews and for the friendships I’ve forged with some of you. Your positive reactions to my stories inspire me to publish more of them and I thank you for taking the time to tell me your thoughts. I treasure your opinions and comments and I hope you continue to provide me with feedback. I wish you all a celebratory end to this year and hope you all find happiness and prosperity in the upcoming one.
Cynthia A. Knoble