For a very long time, I've been looking for a new day job. While the full-time fiction writing has been nice, I need a little more to survive on as well as some health insurance. A day job will also give me the social interaction that I've been sorely missing. In short, it's time for me to get back out in public and out of my fictional little world for a few hours each day.
After a couple trips, many tests, and interviews, I GOT A JOB! Yes! Oh happy day! I have a job. I am leaving the financial industry behind after more than 10 years and I am going to be a proposal writer for a medical software firm. Completely different field and completely different writing. I can't wait to get started.
What does this mean for me and my little family?
We are moving. After a few decades living in the Cincinnati area, I will be moving with my husband, puppy, and two kitties to Madison, Wisconsin. Land of cheese and lakes. I haven't seen a lot of the area, but what I have seen is very pretty and reminds me of my home in Northern Kentucky. I'm a little nervous about tackling my first winter there, but I am pretty sure we'll survive.
I'll be checking in with family to make sure I have phone numbers and addresses. I'm also planning to regularly post pictures and even the occasional video on Facebook so that close family and friends will be able to see my new home in Madison.
What does this mean for my lovely readers and book bloggers?
I am drastically cutting back on social media in August. I have one month to pack, yard sale, put the house up for sale, find a new place, move, and finish book revisions. In short, I'm going to be very busy. I will still be out there on the Internet, but it may take me a little while longer to reply to questions.
If you have an interview or guest blog scheduled with me, you will get your promised material by the due date. If you have not sent me the interview questions, PLEASE give me at least a week to answer them. Otherwise, I might not be able to get you my responses in time.
If you would like to interview me or receive a guest blog to help support and celebrate my upcoming releases, I still have openings in September and October. Please email me at JocelynnDOTdrakeATgmailDOTcom to schedule an appearance.
I will still post on my blog, Facebook, Goodreads, and Twitter when I have interviews and appearances upcoming, but my other general ramblings will be nonexistent until September.
Before leaving Cincinnati, I will stop at several bookstores to sign stock so that you can get an autographed book there if you're interested.
Of course, the neat thing is that if you are living in the Madison, Wisconsin, you will now be able to get a signed book since I plan to sign stock there when my next book comes out. (That, of course, is assuming that I can locate a bookstore. It may take me a little while to find everything.)
Facing this extended radio silence, let me just thank all my wonderful readers! I'll be back soon, sharing all my Wisconsin-related discoveries. Cross your fingers for me and all well wishes are appreciated. Also, if you've got moving tips, those are also appreciated. I've never attempted a long-distance move like this and I'm sure this is going to be a learning experience.
But if you really want to help me, spread the word. If you loved the Dark Days series, tell others. Shout it out on your blog or Facebook account. If you loved The Asylum Tales: Bronx, tell others to grab it up. Shout it to friends! If you can get others to read my stories, I can focus on moving safely.
Thanks for your help!