Welcome to the Tall Tales Newsletter!
Well ... hello everyone, this is POPPY NWOSU here, after a super long hiatus from these letters... haha, apparently publishing a book is really time consuming!
Who even knew?
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Thank you hugely for doing so, and I'm sorry about all the silence you've been getting from me.
I promise I will do better from now on! (but will I? I'm not sure ... it will be a constant surprise ... for all of us! Ha!)
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Thanks again for being here with me today, and here is what you can expect from my letter:
A LOT has happened since I last wrote one of these, but I guess the main thing I should say, is that seeing my debut #LoveOzYA novel MAKING FRIENDS WITH ALICE DYSON come out as a book that I can hold and carry around and see on shelves, has been such an incredible experience!
But it has also been such a complete whirlwind of a year as well!
I don't know if I have ever been so busy, so happy, so stressed, so frightened and so grateful in all my life!
Weird times! :) Haha!
I think that any time we are faced with something new and completely outside our comfort zone, it can feel like such a big challenge, and I feel like I came across a lot of those this year. But I am also proud to say that I met each of those scary new challenges head on and did my best to complete them well!
I have done podcast and (live!) radio interviews, I've done speeches, live Q&As, taught a workshop, gone on a writers retreat (heaven!) and done about a million other scary new things I never even thought I could do.
But I could do them, and I suspect, will do a whole heap more going forward! And I guess that is just a reminder that maybe sometimes it is good to just attack scary stuff head on and do your best because, as I am constantly reminded, it is so much better to try your best and fail than never even bother to try at all.
But also true I reckon! :)
And here is some more upcoming stuff!
I signed a new contract for my second novel!!!! I am so freaking excited about this!
TAKING DOWN EVELYN TAIT is set at the same highschool as my debut novel, but this time the story revolves around a whole new set of characters. The protagonist is called Lottie and she is a bit of a metalhead who definitely acts before she thinks ... which gets her into a whole heap of trouble. All. The. Time. :)
My husband is really into metal music, so he helped me a lot to get Lottie's passion for metal into the story!
I am super excited for the release of this book next year in April 2020!!
I think hopefully I can share some little snippets here over the next few months too, and maybe share some more details on the story!
Here are the writing things I'm focused on at the moment:
So that is what I've been working on! :)
I have also read a LOT of great books lately, but one I found just so charming and lovely was WHISPER by Chrissie Perry. It has the cutest cover and is a gorgeous and quiet #LoveOzYA novel that I just thoroughly enjoyed!
Some pretty words....
Goodbye and thanks heaps!
Thank you for reading this letter and I'll look forward to chatting with you again next month! :)
To finish I want to say again how happy it makes me that you all signed up for this thing, it makes me feel so astounded that there are people out there interested in what I'm doing.
Thank you so much.
Until next month, goodbye! :)