Happy holidays!

Scrooge in The Muppets Christmas Carol

’Tis the season to be merry and be full of festive cheer but, with the new year approaching, it is also a time of reflection and contemplation.

If we are lucky, we can spend time with friends and family, refill the well of good humour and take an opportunity to show kindness to one and all.

For many less fortunate than ourselves, however, this time of year can be difficult, whether it be due to material want or because we are lonely, even if we have others around us.

The Polish have a tradition of leaving an empty place set at the Christmas table, in case a lonely traveller should knock on the door and need to be welcomed in from the cold. The world, I think, would be a better place if we could all do the same in our hearts, at this time of year and perhaps even all year round.

Nevertheless, and despite the precariousness of our times, we have to be optimistic. Over the next year, dear readers, I shall be publishing my first full length novel, Escape, in 2019, recording and publishing the audiobook of No Way Home, and writing my second novel, as yet untitled but fully planned out, among other things, depending on how things go.

There will be all that and much more to come in the new year on this site, and I hope to give you more insights into me and who I am as a writer, as we go on the next phase of our journey together.

In the meantime, I wish you all a glorious festive season, and I shall leave you with a quote from that most seasonal of books, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.

No space of regret can make amends for one life's opportunity misused.

L. A. Davenport