Closing the Book on 2020

As we say hello to 2021, I would like to take a minute to reflect on the previous year. I know most of us are ready to put 2020 behind us, but despite everything, I’m proud of what I did manage to accomplish. At the beginning of the year, I lost my job when Covid started and found myself stranded at home with two kids doing virtual learning. I didn’t know what I was going to do, and then it came to me. I had always loved writing, and I’ve dreamed of being an author for as long as I can remember. I started to write.

I never imagined that I would end up publishing not one but two novels in 2020. Not only that, but I made real connections with other authors in my field, some of which I’m lucky enough to now call friends. I hope to continue to grow and learn as an author in the coming year. I wouldn’t have made it this far without my readers. Thank you for your continued support. It’s very much appreciated.

I would also like to thank my fellow authors who allowed me to interview them. I plan to make follow-up posts with some of my favorite interview questions and answers soon. I’ll admit, some of the questions I asked for myself. As a newbie author, I’m soaking up all the information I can get.

I had so much fun with the interviews and enjoyed learning more about some of my favorite authors, not to mention the great books that have been added to my reading list. I plan to read and review every book that was featured. It may take some time, though. Hopefully, I can finish them all. I’ll admit, I’m not the fastest reader, most likely because I usually read them three at a time. I just can’t help myself. I love reading. I try to stick with one anthology, one novel, and one book on writing, but sometimes that varies.

What are my plans for 2021? I will be going back to work on the second draft of the next book of the Haven or Hell series this month. I put it aside to work on a few short stories in December. One of them ended up being too long. The loose title for that one is “Retaliation.” It will be my next standalone extreme horror novel, coming later this year. I’m really excited about it, but I can’t give too much away. I will say some of the deaths will be absolutely brutal. I also finished another short story and submitted it for an anthology. That story was harder to write than I thought it would be, working with such a limited word count, but I’m happy with how it turned out.

In the next year or so, I’m planning to publish the entire Haven or Hell series. It’s been a long time in the making, and I’m excited to finally finish it. I also have a couple of older stories that I’m thinking of turning into standalone novels. One is more of a suspense/thriller and another is a supernatural crime thriller. I’ve been playing around with the idea of writing a collection of short stories, too. It would require a lot of research, but I think it would do well. It would contain some of the best story ideas I’ve ever had, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to tackle it yet. Either way, I’m excited to see where the new year takes me.

That’s all I have for today. I’ve included below this post my top reads in 2020 for anyone who may be interested. I tried to include all my favorites, but I read on multiple platforms, so I may have missed a few. Feel free to share some of your top reads in the comments. I love hearing from my readers! 🙂

Happy New Year and have a great weekend!   -E.B.

Top Reads for 2020 (in no particular order)

Novels:

Richard Laymon- Island, Into the Fire, and Bite

Jack Ketchum- Off Season and Offspring

T. Chris Martindale- The Voice in the Basement and Where the Chill Waits

Simon McHardy- Mother Maggot

Rayne Havok- Killstreme, Daddy Issues, and My Christmas Story

D.I. Russell- Scream Ride

Nikki Noir- CorpsePaint and RabbitHole (Black Planet Book 1)

Anthologies:

Welcome to the Splatterclub (edited by K. Trap Jones)

DOA III: Extreme Horror Anthology (published by Blood Bound Books)

Triage (Richard Laymon, Jack Ketchum, and Edward Lee)

5 Tales That Will Land You in Hell (Patrick C. Harrison III)

Stiff Things: The Splatterporn Anthology

Books on Writing:

On Writing by Steven King

A Writer’s Tale by Richard Laymon

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne and Dave King

Horror 101: The Way Forward

The Horror Writer: A Study of Craft and Identity in the Horror Genre

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