I’m in the process of moving house and, in the middle of the arduous task of clearing out the attic, I stumbled across some of my old diaries. These made for very entertaining reading which I will shortly share with you.
Before that though, I have something else to share – good news! I recently sent off the manuscript for A Class Entwined (Book 2 in my A Matter of Class series) to my editor for a manuscript assessment. I then spent a few weeks biting my nails as I anxiously awaited her feedback. Last week, she got in touch. And I’m so excited to say that she came back with a very positive response! I can’t even begin to describe how happy I was with the things she said.
The upshot of this is that the manuscript doesn’t require a final major edit before publication. Which means I can get it into the hands of my readers all the sooner!
I’m going to announce a release date in the near future, so do stay tuned for that. And I’m also going to tell you how you can get to read A Class Entwined before anyone else! If that tickles your fancy, make sure you subscribe to my newsletter at this link where I promise I will tell you more soon. (You’ll also get a free short story when you subscribe – it’s called When Class Began To Matter and is a prequel to A Class Apart.)
Now, back to those diary entries. Both cringy and amusing, they go as far back as twenty years ago!
Have a look at this gem from 17th January 1998. At eleven years of age, I hadn’t quite mastered the art of self-discipline.
Then there’s this one from 31st March 2001. By fourteen, I had decided what I wanted to be when I grew up (and my Buffy and Angel obsession was in full swing).
I wasn’t sure whether to include this next one from 29th March 2004 because it is quite despondent. I wish I could go back in time and give my seventeen-year-old self a hug and tell her it will all be grand. At least some humour can be extracted from the fact that I crossed out ‘famous’ and replaced it with ‘well-known’. Can’t be getting any notions now.
And lastly, feast your eyes on this entry from 20th June 2002. This marks a very special moment – the birth of A Class Apart!
So there you have it. Little snippets of teenage Susie and her struggles to realise her dream. I hope it gave you a smile!