Cosmo just turned two years old this month. He came into my life when I was knee deep in my first novel, Dracula Unmasked. I had been at it for over a year and still only halfway finished, but I was determined to be published. I hadn’t realized how lonely writing a novel could be, until I took it up full time in 2017. My characters kept me company, of course. Any writer will tell you their characters speak to them on a regular basis, sometimes at the most inconvenient times. The loneliness I should have anticipated; after all, writing by nature is a very solitary profession. I got through that first year, even though, the winter was very difficult; and continued working on my book with only music for company.