Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020! As a vintage gal, I’ve always wanted to live in the twenties, and here we are at last. I guess it’s now appropriate to Charleston the night away and wear flapper dresses for the next ten years!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and that 2020 gives you everything you dream of and more. Despite a bout of food poisoning and my husband and daughter coming down with a terrible lurgy just before Christmas, we actually had a magical holiday season. I’d go as far as saying it was one of the best ever and I didn’t want it to end. However, I’m excited and eager to get on with 2020 and I go into the new decade with gratitude, hope and love in my heart! I wish the same for all of you.

For those of you who don’t follow me on Instagram (@MMWriterGirl if you’re interested!), you won’t know that after waiting a full twenty years, it is finally time for me to open my letter to the future! This note was written by me on 1 January 2000, when I was still working my day job and dreaming of becoming a full-time author and a mother. It was fantastic to open the letter at last and to see that everything I wished for of a personal nature, came true. It’s sad that the wishes of peace for the world didn’t happen, and I can only hope that in twenty years’ time, that will change.

So, what do I have coming up this year? Well, you know about my two Marilyn and two FRIENDS projects already, and I’m so excited that the first – The Marilyn postcard and magnet set – will be out in just three months! Yikes! After that we have the Marilyn Planner and the FRIENDS A-Z in July, and then the mini Central Perk book in September! Aside from those, I have some potential projects that I’m working on at the moment, and I hope to have news about at least one of them, soon!

It’s only the 6th January but I’ve already had some exciting news to start the year. Yesterday my author friend Martin Turnbull told me that Marilyn Monroe: Private and Confidential had been featured in the BookBub and BookGorilla newsletters, in the USA. Martin assured me that this was a very big deal, and he wasn’t joking! I checked the Kindle sales rank on Amazon, and the book was at number 269,000. An hour later and it had jumped to number 911 and this morning it was at 413! It is also number one in a variety of different genre lists, including Biographies of Actors and Actresses, Acting and Auditioning, and Movies and Video. I think Marilyn would be thrilled that a book about her life is number one in the acting category, since she worked so hard to be recognised as a great actress, (which I personally believe she was). As we speak, the book is currently out-selling autobiographies by Elton John and Billy Connolly, which isn’t too shabby for a biography that has been out for nearly eight years! You can grab a copy for just $1.99 if you head to Amazon now.

I think that’s about all I have to share with you at the moment, except to say that in the current issue of Your Retro (issue 21), you’ll find two articles by me – one about Marilyn’s first marriage to Jim Dougherty, (which is also the cover feature!), and the other concerning Carole Lombard’s association with the movie, Gone with the Wind. I’m so happy with how both came out and I hope you get to see them.

Before I go, I’d just like to say a huge thank you for all the support you’ve given me during the past year. I don’t take it for granted and I remain grateful to every single person who bought one (or more!) of my books in 2019 and beyond!

Thank you!!

Until next time,

Michelle x

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