We are now a month into the new year and it seems I am already weeks behind.
I am a writer of novels and want to take a long overdue minute and thank some of my most dedicated fans. That’s you, by the way.
One of my goals, this year, is to be more appreciative of those who support my efforts. It’s not that I didn’t feel the gratitude, but I, more often than not, put off telling you. I get focused on getting the next manuscript done, or discussing the last one with my editor, or some other aspect of getting a book to market.
In so doing, I forgot the most important part of the equation. I forgot you. For that I am sorry.
When I was fourteen, I read Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls,” for the first time. As I read it, I felt emotions that no other book had ever touched or generated. Hemingway published the book in 1940 and it reached across three decades to stir a boy’s heart in Idaho. It wasn’t the words; Hemingway wrote in a simple “in your face” style that some still belittle. It was the feelings those words helped me build and feel. The emotions those words energized are still in me and I feel them every time I read, or listen to a good book. It was Hemingway who first woke me to the depth a book can carry the one who reads it.
Hemingway wrote to the reader. That’s my goal and my promise to you.
I have a busy schedule this year, I plan to write three novels:
Book Two of Nate and Clare series “Dead Men Walking”
Book Two of Jack and Terri series “The Ghost in the Senate Chamber”
And I am starting a new series set in the Idaho/Utah territories of the 1800’s.
I’m also going to write four short stories, one for each quarter of the year. The stories will be themed around the seasons but will cover a wide variety of topics. You, as a fan of mine, will receive the shorts in your email. I hope you enjoy them and I ask that you let me know if you do or not.
This is a letter of gratitude and to say “Thank you.”
I hope your 2016 was a good year, and I pray your 2017 will be better.
Thank you for believing in me, or at least, taking a chance on my books.
Kwen Delos Griffeth