Three weeks ago, my husband invited me out for the afternoon. We have a running joke that no matter where I go, I see someone I know but I was pretty shocked to see Jackie McLean, her partner Allison and Kelly Lacey walking towards me.
However, it soon became apparent that it was all a set-up. Jackie and Allison had travelled all the way from Glasgow, picking Kelly up on the way just to spend the afternoon with little old me. They brought gifts and kind wishes from other crime writing buddies and I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling since – what an incredibly thoughtful thing to do, eh?
Anyway, here’s the wonderful Jackie to review her 2017.
Do you have a favourite memory professionally from 2017?
2017 has been The Year when it all started to happen with my writing, when it went from a wee hobby in my back room to being a major focus of my life. A favourite moment has to be from the writing group myself and a colleague ran during 2017 with men who’d recently been in prison. One of the guys wrote a poem, which he submitted to a writing competition, and said it gave him more of a high than any drugs.
And how about a favourite moment from 2017 generally?
Without a doubt, the moment my sister-in-law told us she had the all clear from cancer. This came at the end of a full 12 months of gruelling treatment and constant warnings that the outcome wasn’t likely to be good.
Favourite book in 2017?
The Health of Strangers by Lesley Kelly. I’m actually still reading it, but it’s great. It’s got that something.
Favourite film in 2017?
The only film I watched in 2017 (really) was A Dog’s Purpose with my grandkids. I was devastated! And I was also slightly disturbed by how enthusiastic my older granddaughter was at telling me (many times), “That’s the body. The body!” when the dog, erm, retrieved the buried cat.
Favourite song of the year?
Lost Boy by Ruth B. Because I can fly, just like Peter Pan…
Any downsides for you in 2017?
Honestly, it’s been one of the better years I can remember.
Are you making resolutions for 2018?
I am going to get in shape. Yes, I am.
What are you hoping for from 2018?
2018 is a BIG birthday year for me, so I’m sure I’ll be doing a lot of reflecting (and whinging). I’m hoping for a year of love and laughter for everyone.