Tuesday, 20 October 2020

The 12 Christmases of You & Me Publication Day


The 12 Christmases of You & Me Jennifer Joyce

Happy Publication Day to me!

Today, my eleventh book has been released, and I'm so pleased I get to share Maisie's story. It was a lot of fun writing the book, filling it to the brim with all things festive while enjoying a bit of 90s and early 2000s nostalgia. I've wanted to write a time-travel rom com for a long time so it's a very exciting time!

If you're a newsletter subscriber, you should receive an email today where you can enter my giveaway of a signed copy of the book, and over the next few weeks I'll be sharing lots of 'book extras' here on the blog, including 12 Fun Facts about the book, the very festive playlist, and we'll be stepping back in time with Maisie.

If you read the book, I hope you love it as much as I do. I'd be ever so grateful if you left a review on Amazon as every one of them helps, even if it's just a sentence or two.

Find out more about the book

Jennifer Joyce The 12 Christmases of You & Me

What if you could go back in time and fix the biggest mistake of your life?

Two years ago, Maisie’s best friend walked out of her life and she hasn’t heard from him since. When she wakes up in 1994, she naturally assumes she’s dreaming. But when she finds herself in the past again the next night and her actions in the dream alter her present-day life, she begins to wonder if she’s somehow hopping back in time. And if she is time-travelling, can she save her friendship with Jonas?

When Maisie is forced to relive Christmases of the past, will she face up to her mistakes, or make them all over again?

The 12 Christmases of You & Me is a magical tale of friendship, first loves, and learning to live in the present.

Friday, 9 October 2020

5 Ways I'm Getting Ready for Nanowrimo 2020


It's that time of year again, when the leaves are starting to fall from the trees, everybody's grumbling that it's too soon for the Christmas stuff to be out in the shops and writers are gearing up for another go at Nanowrimo.

What is Nanowrimo?

I'm planning to write a big chunk of my next book during November (50,000 words if possible) and here are 5 ways I'm getting ready to jump into Nano:

1. Registering My Intent

I've set up my writing goal on the Nanowrimo website, so it's all there on the screen: my intention to write 50,000 words of Book 13 during November.

Now I'm ready to watch the tracker climb from zero words to - fingers crossed! - 50,000.

2. Plotting

Some people plot, some people don't. I'm definitely a plotter - and a massive one at that. So it makes sense to plot out my book before I even attempt Nano.

Pen and Paper

You might want to jot out a few ideas, or a beginning, middle and end, but I'm going full-on three-act structure, because I've found over the years that I need this level of planning before I start a book. Do as little or as much that works for you - every writer works in different ways.

3. Getting To Know My Characters

We'll never know our characters at the beginning of the first draft as much as we do at the end of it, but it's handy to have some idea of who these people are in your mind before you start.

Character Development

I'm using the character questionnaire from the Nano Prep 101 on the website to develop my characters. Hopefully I'll know my characters a bit more by the time 1st November comes along.

4. Pinteresting Stuff

Another way of developing my characters is to use Pinterest to give me a visual representation of who my characters are: what do they look like, what's their fashion style, what are their hobbies and interests? I've created individual boards for each of my characters and I've been pinning images as I fill in the questionnaire.

Pinterest is also good for world-building, so you can get an idea of what the town or workplace or home of your characters looks and feels like. It doesn't have to be a million pins - when I was planning my novel The Little Bed & Breakfast by the Sea, I had just 35 pins in my board, but it gave a flavour of the kind of seaside town I wanted my characters to inhabit and gave an insight into their characters.

5. Setting A Word Count Schedule

50,000 words is a lot, and it's a pretty daunting task to complete in just one month (if this doesn't seem daunting to you, good for you. I'm not jealous. At all), but breaking it down into smaller chunks can help.


I've set myself a daily goal of 2,000 words for six days a week, which means I can have a little break if I need to, but I've also got a bit of wriggle room if I need to catch up at any point. 2,000 words a day seems more manageable than 50,000 words in a month, even though it adds up to the same amount of words!

Are you taking part in Nano this year? How are you getting yourself prepared?