Happy New Year

31 Dec


It’s been an interesting year.

The most important thing, of course, was the birth of our second son John in November. He came out three weeks early, much to our surprise, but everything went smoothly and we were able to take him home the following day. It’s been a month already and he’s putting on weight at astonishing speed. He’s also louder than his brother was, at least for the first six months. I think he realises he has competition for our attention right from the start. (It must have been baby-month, as my nephew was born two days before John.)

Eric, now three, is doing well too, although I think he’s a little bemused by John’s appearance. We did try to explain that he was going to get a brother, but obviously he didn’t really understand what is happening. I think he expected someone the same age as himself, not a baby who sucks up most of mummy’s attention. He’s been acting out more over the last month or so, unsurprisingly. We’re doing our best to be patient with him.

I’ve learnt a great deal about parenting over the last three years. Some of the things I was told made no sense until I was actually a father myself. (And it’s harder, now, to pour scorn on helicopter parents.) Other things have not stood the test of actually having a baby. Trying to change nappies on a baby-sized doll, for example, was somewhat misleading – babies don’t bend that way. I’ve also discovered, as Eric fell in love with toy railways, that its often cheaper to buy stuff second-hand than new. I purchased three huge boxes of railway pieces and suchlike on EBay and we now have more than we know what to do with. (I ended up given some of it to my niece.) We also made the mistake, back in 2014, of purchasing a specialised baby table. It was largely useless right from the moment we actually tried to use it.

(And when I get asked for my words of wisdom by other new parents, I always say ‘buy wipes. Buy lots of wipes.’)

My writing career has been progressing well. I published The Zero Blessing in March and sales were good enough to justify writing and publishing The Zero Curse in September. It might have been a mistake to write three fantasy books in a row – I wrote The Gordian Knot on one side and Graduation Day on the other – but it seems to have worked out ok. I intend to write The Zero Equation and end the trilogy in mid-Jan 2018. I also brought out four Schooled in Magic books and yes, the series will continue next year. And I wrote The Hyperspace Trap – formerly known as Becalmed – which will be released in February. It’s a spin-off from the Angel in the Whirlwind series, but it adds a certain something to the universe.

On Kindle, I brought out six new books, including two Ark Royal books and one The Empire’s Corps book. I do intend to continue both series over the coming years. I’ve also continued turning books into audio and paperback editions. Unfortunately, this is a slower process than I – or some of my readers – would clearly prefer.

Overall, it has been a very busy year.

I hope you all had a merry Christmas – if you celebrate – have a very happy new year.

Christopher Nuttall

New Years Eve, 2017

18 Responses to “Happy New Year”

  1. David K Matthewson December 31, 2017 at 9:39 am #

    Good luck in 2018, Chris & family

  2. Jas December 31, 2017 at 2:47 pm #

    Happy New Year Chris to you and the Family!

    Thanks for all your efforts in 2017, appreciate all your time and hard work, you continue to produce outstanding books across the board, and look forward to 2018s efforts!!

    All the best Chris for 2018 to you and yours 🙂

  3. Hugh Blair December 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm #

    Happy New Year and best wishes for 2018. Looking forward to a New Learning Experience book.

  4. Julie M December 31, 2017 at 9:03 pm #

    Totally enjoy all of your books and look forward to the next one, whichever series it may be. Happy New Years to you and you family. May it be an awesome year.

  5. George Phillies December 31, 2017 at 9:51 pm #

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! George

  6. Jared December 31, 2017 at 10:27 pm #

    thanks for all the hard work. I look forward to another great year!!

  7. Charles Harris December 31, 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    Happy New Year. I’m looking forward to reading all your new books in the next year.

  8. Jason Jorde December 31, 2017 at 10:59 pm #

    Thank you for your hard work! I don’t know how you do it all. Many blessings to you and your family Chris.

  9. Walt Dunn January 1, 2018 at 3:54 am #

    Very best wishes for you and your family! My Sister had 5 boys and I was in and out of my home town often enough to remember the relative volume of the new additions. (I was on active service at the time) Enjoy those moments while being a daddy, and make sure your lovely wife gets full appreciation and credit for all the things she does to ensure you’re creative, comfortable and well loved. I look forward to more of your good work this coming year.

  10. Bryce January 3, 2018 at 5:27 am #

    Happy New years to you as well and thank you for all the great books that you have wrote especially in the SIM series.

  11. Jared January 3, 2018 at 9:19 pm #

    You haven’t posted that SA audiobook is out. I just finished it. I’m glad your audiobooks are finally catching up to you fast paced writing habits. LOL.

  12. William Fuller January 8, 2018 at 6:40 am #

    I vote for more Empire Corps books! That series is great. Still has many arcs to write about.

    Have a good year in 2018

    • chrishanger January 11, 2018 at 9:43 am #

      I know. And I will get to them.


      • Bill Fuller January 12, 2018 at 2:16 am #

        Thanks, enjoy your new baby, they can be fun!

  13. Castle74 January 9, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    Congrats on the new edition to the family! I am curious, will there be any Bookworm books after 4 or was that it?

    • Paul (Drak Bibliophile) Howard January 9, 2018 at 10:30 pm #

      Chris is working on/planning another series set in that world. It will contain new characters. The last I heard, he’s not planning for the characters in the first series to appear in the new series.

      • chrishanger January 11, 2018 at 9:44 am #

        The first batch of edits have been completed. Hopefully, it will be out soon.


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