So I tried - really hard - to write CRIMINAL in a timely-enough fashion to submit it to the publisher for editing to get it published in 2015 to maintain my record and make sure you all got your sequel when I'd promised it, but... you see, I'd also had a baby in 2014, a fourth baby, and so I was managing a newborn, and a toddler, and a kindergartner, and a second-grader, and... my writing process slowed way, way down. I wrote CRIMINAL in 2015, and I turned it in, but not in nearly as record time as I'm usually able to manage things. It took me months, not weeks, to write that book. That was also a first for me. And so in regard to that manuscript, I'm still waiting to hear what my editing schedule will look like and when the release date will be.
2015 was also a year of exciting firsts, though! I received interest for the first time from a movie director and producer. Early in the year I received an e-mail inquiry about the film rights to BREEDER. A few e-mails were exchanged, and then he said he would get back to me after the Sundance Film Festival and that was the last I heard. At this point I feel confident he probably lost interest in me, but it was still an exciting first contact to make! I also received the first inquiry into foreign rights for The Six. Again, e-mails were exchanged, and I'm not sure if anything is going to come of it (waiting, waiting). I started up my first regular author newsletter (you should subscribe!) and merged my old blog and website (huzzah!). And most exciting, of course, I won my first two awards from Literary Classics International Book Awards and Reviews in 2015: the Seal of Approval and the Silver Award for YA Science Fiction for BREEDER.
If 2015 taught me anything as an author, it taught me that this career is full of surprises and frustrations. Well, to be fair, I already knew both of these things, but they were reaffirmed in bigger and (sometimes) better ways this past year. My year of firsts has led to much waiting as well, both on my part, and on your part as you wait for a sequel that was promised in 2015. All I can do is thank you for your reader loyalty to me and for your forbearance and promise you that CRIMINAL is coming and 2016 will be the year in which I write CLONE. Onwards and Upwards!