Resolutions or other solutions? What are your plans for 2013? Here’s a taste of what the Choc Lit authors will be doing…
A Time Turner for Margaret James
Margaret James : My new year’s resolution: To make better use of my time so that I’ll have plenty of opportunities (in the words of the literary genius who wrote the Mars Bar ad) to Work, Rest and Play. If I get a Time Turner for Christmas, like the one Hermione has in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I might manage it. But if not…
Sarah Tranter : To lose weight. Not at all original and it’s been my annual resolution since my eldest emerged nine years ago. Pre kiddiwinkles I was a size 8. Eeek. And to organise myself. I am determined to increase my writing time. I’m not yet sure how, without the benefit of a magic wand – but I WILL do it! I so will.
Linda Mitchelmore: For 2013 my resolution is to keep off the not inconsiderable weight I have lost recently. I’ve already made a good start by walking at least two miles (and often twice that) every day since 1st October 2012. I’m in the groove now, and I want to stay there. So, I won’t be making any more of these delicious cakes…..honest!
Linda says goodbye to all this.
And Christina says goodbye to all that.
Christina Courtenay : New Year’s resolution – I never make any because I know I won’t keep them, but I am determined to cut down on my chocolate intake (sob!) in 2013 and to get a little bit fitter. (Shouldn’t be too difficult as I probably couldn’t be less fit if I tried)
Amanda James: New Year’s resolutions…as usual try to exercise more, lose weight, and don’t get twisted in knots about things that are beyond my control. Hope I get to achieve just one of them!
Sue Moorcroft: I don’t really make New Year resolutions but I’m quite pleased that other people do – because a common resolve is to take a writing course. As I’m a writing tutor as well as a writer, it’s handy!
Jane has a cunning plan
Jane Lovering: I don’t usually make New Year’s Resolutions because I don’t believe in setting myself up for failure, but this year I am going to resolve to talk less and listen more. This will probably be achieved by stuffing my mouth with chocolate at every opportunity, so I’m guessing my 2014 resolution will be to lose weight.
Val Olteanu (one half of Isabella Connor): A friend of mine is a Life Coach, and I asked her to help me find more time for my writing. I had to note down everything I did in an average week, between waking up and going to bed. I was hoping she’d advise me to cut down on housework, but she said “You’re watching too many TV reality shows.” I blustered it was a kind of research but she knew that was a Big Fat Lie. So, my resolution for 2013: no more than one TV reality show a week.
Liv Thomas (the other half of Isabella Connor): I don’t usually make resolutions because I’ve never been very good at keeping them. I’d like to resolve to worry less, but I’m not sure that one is in my hands. I do resolve to do my very best to justify CL’s faith in me. And to keep off the stone that I’ve lost in the past couple of months:)
Liz's research trip in Wyoming. Research is a must when writing a historical novel, no matter how gruelling.
Liz Harris: Thinking of a resolution for 2013 was a hard one as the resolution I’ve made for the last eight years was fulfilled this last year. No prizes for guessing what it was! Looking back at how mega busy I was last year, I think my resolution for the coming year must be to find a better balance between writing the next novel and doing all the fun things that go along with being published.
Kate Johnson: My Resolution for 2013? Oh, how boring are resolutions? I never stick to them anyway. So I suppose I’ll just resolve to Be More Fabulous, I’m sure I can work with that!
Beverley Eikli and the kids, Xmas Day 2008
Beverley Eikli : New Year’s Resolutions for 2013? Recently I came upon the New Year’s Resolutions I’d made for 2005. The list read: 1- Have another Baby; 2 – Find a Country To Call Home; 3 – Get a Publishing Contract. Well, in 2005 I had our second daughter, in 2007 we settled back in Australia and in 2012 I signed with Choc-Lit. I’ve got it all! Now all I want is a happy, healthy family and for my books to be enjoyed.
Zana's engagement ring
Zana Bell: 2013. New years are always new beginnings so we are getting married in the first weekend of January. My first Choc Lit novel comes out in October – our Spring. I like the timing.
Evonne Wareham: Resolutions – I don’t really do them – but I am going to try for a better work/life balance – more ‘me’ time, more walks on the beach, more fun. Will I succeed? Ask me again, this time next year 🙂
Henriette Gyland : New Year’s Resolutions for 2013: To tidy my office and be more organised. Now where did I put that list?
Juliet Archer: NY’s Resolution: 2013 is the year when I will have a waist smaller than the Duchess of Cambridge’s – if only for a few months!
Margaret Kaine: Normally I don’t make New Year Resolutions but this year I do have one hope and resolve. When Spring arrives I’m going to buy a glamorous dress and some feminine shoes and wear them. Why? Because by then I hope to be able to! Clue – ‘I wish I’d looked after me feet!’
Christine Stovell: My aim is to count my blessings, make the most of each day and to try worry less about events beyond my control.
Chris wonders what the future holds...
Whatever the future holds for you, there’s something for everyone in the Choc Lit selection, so one thing you won’t have to plan for the New Year is what to read! Thank you to all of you who have followed and supported us in 2012. We look forward to hearing more from you in 2013.
HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM THE CHOC LIT AUTHORS!