I have to confess there have been bits of lockdown I’ve enjoyed. I’ve enjoyed not looking at my diary, knowing I haven’t forgotten to do something. I’ve enjoyed knowing that no one will come into my house and see the mess. I’ve enjoyed having more writing time so I got my book finished a bit early. But what I’ve really enjoyed is being in touch with my readers a bit more.
During lockdown, people have had more time to read and some of them have sent lovely messages. I love knowing why people read my books and what they get out of them. If they get in touch, and leave an email address, I can reply. If you’re at home, shielding, not getting out at all, you have a bit of time on your hands and cope with an email from a writer, so do contact me.
Writers spend a lot of time on their own, making stuff up, and while we do have all sorts of people who look at what we do from a professional point of view, it’s what the readers think we really care about.
I heard recently from an intensive care nurse and knowing my books have cheered up someone who is in such an important job in these very hard times is really inspiring. But I’d be just as pleased if I heard from any key worker. As a writer, I stay at home, safe and comfortable, living in my imaginary world. You guys are out there, risking your lives, literally, so I, and millions like me, can be safe. I don’t often have the chance to say thank you, so if I’m given the chance, I will take it!
Lastly, with lockdown easing, It means I'm able to hug my grandchildren again. Seeing them from a distance was a special kind of torture. Now we can be together again.
Elaine Mersol says...
I always turn to Wild Designs in times of stress, but usuallly just reread favorite scenes. I reread it from cover-to-cover during quarantine. Time to reread some others!
July 15, 2020
Joy Hewitt says...
Hi Katie!ive read loads of your books!Highland fling was the first?but my favorite is Perfect Proposal. I lovedRose revived,and loads of others going Dutch,life skills!Stately pursuits I’m sure you don’t want me to carry on!but I sure could.Im 76 yrs old and can forget aches and pains. Getting lost in your stories.Thank you so much for so much pleasure.and I love the little one you are cuddling!is he your grandson? His hair is gorgeous.kind regards Joy x
Moira Gallacher says...
Love the blog. Read your books and they are great for taking me away from my day to day concerns.
Beautiful photo of you and grandchild.
Lockdown has had its ups and downs but I’m glad to be able to get back to some sort of routine with my 90 year old dad. Lockdown was awful for seniors, loss of social contact, family time, shopping, outings. Can see my dad really struggle with his memory now. Thank you for your blogs though, its nice to hear someone else’s news, especially when you feel a stagnated with your own