I can’t believe that it’s been a year since I published The Snow Killer. It both feels like a lifetime, and about five minutes. So much has changed over the last 12 months that I’m not sure where to start.
In January 2014, I lost a very important person to cancer. Since then I have been living life to the full and taking every chance I can. (I miss you, Norman.)
I’ve started and ended romantic [and friendly] relationships this year, as well as meeting some incredible new people both in and out of my writing career. I’m spending more time with the people that matter to me – because life is too short to hold a grudge.
I changed my hair – a lot and I lost and gained weight, I’ll never be perfect but I don’t care.
I’ve been working my part time job for over a year, whilst balancing everything else.
I became an auntie (again!)
I moved house at university and me and one of my closest friends had to say goodbye when she moved up north to go to university.
In twelve months I have written (and contributed to) eight books – most of which are available on Amazon Kindle. [After Us out November 30th]
I started a YouTube channel.
I became an editor for CCCU Her Campus – and it’s still going strong.
I now write for Dartford Matters and Dartford Living.
I regularly blog on seven pages (four of which are WordPress!)
I got involved in #IndieBooksBeSeen and helped it launch.
I got my latest book, Searching For Katherine, into the CCCU Bookshop.
Since November 2013, I have passed my 2nd year of university and am well into my 3rd year – and now it is less than a year until graduation! Classes are going well so far and I am hoping to pass with a high 2:1.
Plans for the future…
I have recently started helping young writers become self-published authors and I plan to keep doing so. I love helping unknown writers and I will eventually set up a company to help them.
I am also looking into doing a Masters degree, becoming a lecturer and eventually getting a PhD. *fingers crossed*
I have lots more books planned, so keep an eye out for those!
As of June 2014 I will be: Melissa Holden (BA) – a graduate of Creative and Professional Writing (BA Hons) from Canterbury Christ Church University.