Hello Readers and Friends!

Well, the feedback I’ve been getting re: the new website is super positive and I’m so thankful. I have had a ton of visitors and people signing up for the newsletter, so I decided to get on it and write one. I’ll be communicating more frequently in the future.

I was thinking about the release of the original novel, The Outmate, and realized the launch date of that novel was 2013. It’s been 7 years and this summer will be the release of the third and final novel. That’s three books in seven years. I have friends who write a lot faster than I do and I envy them, however my life has had so many drastic ups and downs in those seven years; point in fact I really should have been dead, several times. I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I am an alcoholic, or that my big brother Scott’s death in 2012 sent me into an emotional and mental tailspin that caused me to relapse badly, time after time, until this time last year. Someday I might write a book about the crazy that was my life in the last seven years, but not yet. Right now I’m just glad to be creating, writing, and happy.

The most amazing thing that happened in that seven years was last February- I met my future husband. Jude and I were married December 15th, 2019 in a beautiful private ceremony with about thirty guests composed of family and friends. My life has turned around since I met Jude and although I did have one more four day relapse in me which happened in early February of this year, I’m now happy to say I am thoroughly content with my world. I’m very lucky that Jude found me- and here’s a hint to friends who have been saying that they’ve never seen him so happy and I must be the cause. That is in part true, but Jude got to his current level of happy via his own hard work on himself. He was the one who pulled me out of the murk and kept me from drowning, and he did it more than once. I am so thankful for my handsome, brilliant, loving husband that no words can describe it.

I know what you’re thinking, The Sea Wolf, the last of the trilogy, should have been released Feb 1st, 2020. I know I once again missed my deadline. I must admit this last novel has been a bear to finish with constant rewrites and edits, but it is coming to a close and will be released shortly. I am a far different person than I was when I wrote the first one, and it’s difficult for me to get back in the headspace of Chrissie Laursen when everything has changed so drastically. It will however happen this summer, please be patient.

In other news, I have a fourth novel on the horizon in an entirely new style and genre to reflect who I have become in my seven year struggle. It’s called Away with the Fairies and will be a fantasy/horror novel. I’ve drawn a lot of inspiration lately from Stephen King and my brain has been churning with new ideas. I am also once again drawing heavily from real life as I did with The Outmate Trilogy. One who has come through the fire of madness is well equipped to write about that path, so I’ll warn you in advance, Away with the Fairies is not for the faint hearted. But when is anything I write?

Thanks again for all the visits, comments, and support. I’ll write again soon!

~V