So why the wait for this next part of the story you ask?
I did write a complete manuscript that I was NOT happy with. I sent it to my daughter, Laura, to read (she does all my artwork for the covers of my books). She said, "MEH!" She was not a fan either.
I came to the conclusion that I had not produced my best, probably because I ended up as the caretaker for both of my parents and my creativity was not at its best. It was a long haul, and they have since passed away. On top of that, I was fostering a Dog Guide pup named Holly. I had Holly for a little over a year and then she went off to Dog Guide University in the Autism Assistance Program through the Lions Foundation of Canada.
Then Covid-19 hit! The kennels called and said the kennels were closing down and could I take Holly back for a minimum of 4 weeks... Nine months later, Holly finally went back to school. She is now fully trained, and the foundation is waiting for restrictions to loosen up before matching her to her person (hopefully that will be soon). So, instead of the year she was supposed to stay with me, Holly ended up living with me for almost two-and-a-half years! That's 3 Christmases with me!
Once Holly left me for the last time in January, I have been writing up a storm. The story flew onto the pages. It kept me well occupied in a quiet house. Laura kept up with my writing, too, and became enthusiastic about the story often offering me suggestions as I went along. We both feel I've written a winner this time around!
I can hardly wait to get my edits back, then submit it to the publisher.
In the meantime, I'll leave you with a picture of Holly when I dropped her off at school on January 11, 2021.
And, by the way, Holly makes an appearance as a dragon in Twisted Destiny, plus she and I will be on the back cover of the book when it's published. And another tidbit, Alissa and Shannon, Holly's real life trainers, will be making an appearance as dragon whispers, too. They kept in touch with me weekly for 9 months giving me training exercises to keep Holly sharp, and we became great friends in the process.