Hello Readers and welcome back to my Happy DETours author's blog!
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
I hope everyone rang in 2024 with friends, family and celebration!
The last couple of years have been a whirlwind of writing and publishing. In particular, this past year of 2023, was a very pivotal year for me in regards to my writing journey. Not only did I publish my first YA novel and a children's book but I finally joined social media and launched my author website. I started blogging about my journey and named my newsletter blog Happy DETours! For new readers to my site, let me explain how I came up with that name.
As a child, my dad was an avid reader, storyteller, and adventurer. He was a conscious dreamer, loved all things science fiction and exploring the world around him (real or not). He loved technology and always made sure we had the newest version.
My favorite memory of my dad was taking adventure car trips on Sunday afternoons. He would often take us places he read about, or we would just drive around until we ended up somewhere wonderful!
Using the first three letters of our childhood last name DET, we coined the name “DETours” for these trips. My sister and I would often ask our dad to take us on his special “DETours” whenever we felt the adventure bug strike. Those were such happy memories that we still talk about today, even though our dad has long passed.
I inherited the dreamer gene from my dad and when I started writing in earnest, I wanted to pay homage to that memory. And Happy DETours was born. I also found it fitting for my new venture in storytelling.
I want to thank you for following me on my writing and publishing journey. I hope you find my books a happy DETour in your life even if it’s only for a short time. So, in the spirit of my father… it’s time for an adventure!
Much happiness, health, and Happy DETours to you in the new year!