1. Meet more of my readers
This year I have been lucky enough to get lots of book signing dates at Waterstones stores in the UK. I love to meet the people who read my books and those who love romantic fiction but haven’t sampled a Mandy Baggot novel yet. Getting an email from someone I’ve sold a book to in person telling me how much they enjoyed it and can’t wait for more always gives me a thrill!
2. Re-visit Kassiopi, Corfu
I fell in love with Kassiopi on my first visit, we went another time, I made it the setting for my first novel Excess All Areas, but I haven’t been back since I had my children. This year we are spending two whole weeks in the region and it’s a trip I’ve longed for.
3. Make more time for family and friends
Being a writer is pretty much a 24-hour occupation – if you’re online you’re working and when you’re growing your own ‘business’ it’s very hard to switch off. I can be found ‘just finishing off something’ at all hours of the day or night and family and friends do tend to suffer. I need to learn how to down tools and switch off for a while and spend some quality time with the people that matter most.
4. Finish my work in progress
It’s always hard to write a work in progress when you are busy preparing for the publication of your previous work. I love blogging and doing interviews and taking part in tours and book signings etc. but it does take me away from the actual craft of writing and that’s what I enjoy the most. I’m determined to nail my next novel Security by the end of 2012.
5. Get back on TV
Just throwing this one in there! I was on a TV singing game show in the UK called Who Dares Sings and I also took part in The X Factor but was that enough? Do I miss the limelight and the sight of an autocue? What TV show do you think Lady Baggot should try her hand at next?
Mandy Baggot from Salisbury, Wiltshire, UK, lives with her husband, two daughters and two cats called Kravitz and Springsteen. She has four books out now, Excess All Areas, Breaking the Ice, Knowing Me Knowing You and Strings Attached. In January 2012 she was signed by new US fiction publisher Sapphire Star Publishing and they will be bringing out her fifth novel Taking Charge in May.