It’s been more than a week since we returned from Sweden to Kuala Lumpur, but I am still a bit jet lagged. Very happy though, that we got the chance to go back home and meet family and friends and enjoy Swedish nature and Swedish food. If you follow me on Instagram, you have been able to see some of the scenery I have enjoyed, and even a few sneak peeks of my small hometown Kungsbacka, where a couple of scenes in Beautiful Affliction take place. It was wonderful meeting my parents again, who I haven’t seen, only spoken to, since the book came out. Yay! We got the opportunity to sit down and share thoughts and feelings and I once again marvelled at their tremendous support through this entire journey of telling my story.
Another highlight in Sweden was that Independent Publisher Book Awards sent the award package to Sweden, so I got my gold medal, certificate, and gold seals to put on copies of Beautiful Affliction! Yay! I just had to take a picture to show you; it’s getting pretty crowded on the cover these days. 🙂
Also, my writer buddy from California was in Sweden with her family, and they were able to come visit me! Yay! We talked and talked like old pals, and it didn’t seem at all like it was the first time we met in real life!
It was wonderful meeting new friends as well as old friends, and one special occasion I must mention was meeting my little niece for the first time! I have eight nieces that I always enjoy catching up with tremendously, but this little lady and her parents live quite far away (well, we live even further away, so I have no right to complain). This time my brother and his wife were able to make the journey to visit us, and I got to hug my youngest little niece for the first time! She said my name and hugged me back! Yay!
We also got to celebrate the first birthday of my husband’s little nephew, we have nine cousins to the girls on his side, and as always it’s wonderful to catch up with everyone while we enjoy my parents-in-law’s delicious cooking. Yay!
Apart from all the partying, we also sorted through our house that we are renting out to new tenants, since the ones we had are moving, and my husband had a work conference for a full week, and we also got to go for walks and enjoy Swedish nature: the lakes and the forest as well as the ocean. Yay! I had been hoping we would find time for that.
Well, this is what’s been going on over at my end, hope you’re having a beautiful summer as well, and take care friends!
PS. Did you see that I did an interview for Soul Sciences? It was wonderful talking to Charlene Jones about Beautiful Affliction and the writing process, and you are very welcome to listen in! I try to post news as they come in on my Facebook Author Page, so be sure to follow not to miss anything! I also post news on this website, on the “News” page.