The back end of 2020 saw me pestering some of my favourite authors to see if they what, if anything, they could tell me about what they will be working on in 2021. I was thrilled with the responses that I received, and I am so happy to be able to share all their news with you today.
So, in early 2021, I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my final Untamed Book. It’s called The Threat of the Hunt and it’s the conclusion to the Dangerous Ones series, and also the last book set in my Untamed world. I’m so excited about this book, but it’s kind of a bittersweet feeling too, being the end of an era. I’ve been writing books set in this world since 2013, so I’ve spent a long time in it, but I’m excited to move onto other projects too. And the rest of 2021 will see me concentrating on these other projects. I hope to be able to reveal more about these soon!
Fingers crossed, Queen of Ice, Catya’s standalone linked to the Fire-walker Saga will be out end of February. The last instalment of the Fire-walker Saga, Raven Fire, should be out for Beltain. Whilst those are coming out, I’ll probably be working on Temerran’s book, Bard of the Borrows. But… then again, I might be writing something else.
I’ve spent 2020 writing tie-in books for my Battle Ground series – one novel, and one a collection of shorter fiction. I’ll be publishing them at the start of next year, and then I get to write in a brand new setting! New characters, new stories – I’m really looking forward to it. I’m planning a novel about a YA superhero. Sort of an origin story with a twist. I want to write something about hidden disabilities, and how you never know what the person next to you is going through behind the scenes. I can’t wait to get to know my new heroine, and to start shaping her adventures!
So, books three and four of my Aces in Love series are set to release in Spring and Summer 2021, which is very exciting! These are own-voices ace romances, and writing them has been a dream! It’s so nice to write characters who share my own sexuality. I’ll also have a third novel release in 2021 too – What We Have is a contemporary romance that examines identity, self-worth, and eating disorders, and this is the first book in my Rose Haven series, following the prequel short story that released in 2018 called When We Were Young.
In 2021, I plan to release two books, so there’s a lot of work to do! The first of those, Bubblegum and Blazers (estimated release date July) is maybe my most quirky and ambitious romcom to date. Here’s the blurb: When Ali, Blake, Charlotte and Grant sign contracts to star in a Back to School reality TV show, love is the very last thing on their minds: Ali flies to the UK from New Zealand, intrigued by the golden opportunity to advance her amateur influencer career and silence her overbearing mother. Blake carpe diems the moment with both hands after a constant flurry of bad luck. Charlotte jumps at the chance to relive her sporting glories of the past. And Grant is just relieved to get away from his failing second-hand music shop. But once the advances hit their bank accounts, it soon becomes apparent that producer Jock’s Pied Piper-style offer to change their lives is distinctly lacking in fizz! In fact, the only sweet thing about this gig for the former students and the rest of their Bubblegum and Blazers competitors may just be the packet of candy in their pockets. Re-enacting their past is a rollercoaster of revelations, retaliation, and unlikely romance in the goldfish bowl of a bubble where Raphael (Agony Uncle of the school sweet shop) and his rhubarb and custards reign supreme… The second book will come out later in 2021 and it’s my first attempt at a Christmas romcom. Let’s just say River Jackson from The Cocktail Bar gets fed up with Cornwall!
So, my debut novel, Spirit of Fire, releases in Spring 2021, so I expect that I’ll be hard at work on the sequel to that for much of this year! I am so excited for Spirit of Fire’s release – it’s a YA urban fantasy romance and it’s a story I’ve had in my heart for years.
I currently have three books waiting to be edited so they’ll be my priority in 2021, although I have a new book growing in my head as I type and have already written the first three chapters, so the editing will be competing with the writing!
NJS: Well, we have book two, Witches of Barcelona out in March, and two more books to follow that. Maybe even a seasonal novella. Plus I have the next five parts of my Manga comic Out of the Darkness coming out this year, and 8th July the final book of my past life/fate fantasy trilogy, Children of Shadows, is out. Plus I have been working on another writing collaboration which I have kept secret in 2020, so I hope this year I will get to shout about that. Oh, and I’m re-writing a historical fantasy book that I didn’t have much luck with in 2020… so that, hopefully, may go somewhere!
JS: As Natali said, we have three books with the Blood Web Chronicles, I am working on the final instalment of my Wunderkids trilogy, I’m talking to agents about a contemporary YA I’ve finished, and I’m writing a really fun MG involving Russia, STEM and computer games. So you’ll be seeing a lot more us next year!!
I’ve got quite a few things in the pipeline actually. I have had lots of kids chasing me for the final part in The Relic Hunters trilogy, which I promise is coming. I’ve also been working on a “Choose Your Own Adventure” spin off – I loved those books as a kid so always wanted to write one. It’s a very different writing experience to fiction – the spreadsheet keeping track of all the paths is worthy of a maths A level I reckon!
There’s a third book in the Creative Writing Skills series, but that’s at an early stage still, and a pony journal with a twist (you know I’m pony mad) which will be heading to a designer soon.
I’ve also spent all year working on a mindfulness series. It’s a collaboration with a mindfulness teacher who works in schools. If nothing else, 2020 has shown us just how essential it is. It would have been good to have it out in 2020, but it’s taken a lot of work to develop as it’s a toolkit for parents and kids, and being effective is more important than rushing to get it out.
In 2021, I’m going to be releasing the fourth Zoe Finch book in January, and then writing the fifth and sixth books, which will be out in the spring. Once book six us out, I’ll be starting a spin-off series for one of Zoe’s colleagues, which I’m excited about writing. It takes place in Dorset, where I spent all my childhood holidays. The county has some stunning backdrops for murders – clifftops, ruined castles, steam railways… Can’t wait to get stuck in and maybe if I’m lucky (i.e. if restrictions allow) take a research trip to Dorset.
Empire’s Heir, the second book in the Empire’s Reprise trilogy will be released, with publication scheduled for the autumn of 2021.
Reading all these plans, I am so excited for this year, but also a little sad, because so many of the series I have loved over recent years are going to be coming to an end. Luckily, everyone seems to have fantastic plans for what is coming after these series! For more information on each of these wonderful authors, click on their names to be taken to their Goodreads pages, and come back next week when I will be sharing the new release for 2021 that they are each most excited about.