Well, blogging again, obviously, after several months away for various reasons. And writing again, albeit slowly, after several months away for various reasons. Sometimes it is necessary to step away from your dream and rethink how much you really want that dream - or even if you still want it at all. And sometimes the only way you can find out is to not follow that dream for a while and see what answer comes up.
So that's what I've been doing - taking time out to rethink. And doing some reading in my chosen genre too in an attempt to enjoy reading romance again and to remember why I started writing it in the first place. And I've been reading some truly amazing books by truly amazing and inspiring authors.
Sara Craven, who has just sadly passed away, began writing for Mills and Boon back in 1975. She's an author whose books I've picked up now again over the years, but reading some of her early and more recent work during my 'time out' has reconfirmed just what a brilliant writer she was, with some wonderful page turning books like Comparative Strangers back in 1988 and more recently Seduction Never Lies in 2014. A truly gifted writer who will be much missed.
I've also thoroughly enjoyed Kate Walker's latest novel A Proposal to Secure his Vengeance, which I literally couldn't put down until I'd finished it - and that wasn't just because of the sexy hero, although I must confess to drooling a bit over that cover - and who wouldn't!
Like Sara Craven, Kate Walker has also been writing romance for several decades now and what really struck me in reading both these authors is how their books have continuously moved with the times yet they as writers have remained true to their own unique styles and voices, and have written the stories they want to tell, which of course is why readers keep buying and reading their books year after year.
And that is something that every aspiring writer dreams of, isn't it?