Join Tuesdays as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…
When Author’s Just Stop?
As an author myself..excuse me while I hyperventilate a second about the truth of that statement…Squeee! OMG!… Okay, I’m done. Anyway as I was saying – as an author myself, I fully understand that for many authors writing isn’t their only job. It’s the job they love most and want to do most, but also the one that has to be put on the back burner when life demands too much of us. In my case, that’s not a huge deal, because I have like a grand total of 5 people who care that they’re still waiting for more of Eric’s or Elle’s or Nicole’s story.
But some authors who seem to just stop – and I’m not blaming them, I totally get it. They have lives and health problems and money issues, etc – but some of these authors have huge audiences who are just desperate for more. And as part of that audience, I’m dying!
I have two authors currently in this state of “will there ever be more?” Though the reasons (and possibly answers), I think, are on opposite ends of the spectrum.
The first is Stacia Kane, author of the really amazing Downside Ghosts. Her last new, full length novel came out January 1st, 2012. Three years ago. The next book in the series currently sits on goodreads called “Untitled (Downside Ghosts #6). Now what gives me hope here is that Stacia has maintained an online presence and has still published short stories. Every time she has a blog post go up and I get the email notification, I (and I imagine most of her fans) run to the site just hoping she’ll be announcing some really good news. It hasn’t happened yet, but at least she’s keeping me hopeful.
Unlike my other “will there ever be more?” author, Kalayna Price. I discovered her Alex Craft/Grave Witch series this past October and I binge read all three books, thinking “there’s another one coming March 2015, so it wont be a long wait.” And then, after finishing the last book I started trying to setup the usual twitter, blog, facebook stalking of an author that I don’t want to miss anything about. And that’s when my heart sank – Kalayna has a facebook page, last used April 14, 2014… Not talking about writing but about twitter. Which she also last used April 14, 2014 with this tweet:
I logged onto twitter today for the first time in months . . . and discovered my default language had reset to Russian. =<
— Kalayna Price (@kalayna) April 14, 2014
Not exactly what you expect from an author with a book due out soon… But maybe she’s not into social media and her blog/website says more? Nope. Her website was last updated January 31, 2012 and her blog was last updated December 2, 2013. Here I start to read that some personal life things (sounds like health) made her have to step back. My heart cries. Not only do I feel bad for her, but I start to realize that despite the fact the book is titled and has a fabulous cover on goodreads with a publish date of March 2015, Amazon may be more correct when it says “currently unavailable.” But I hold out hope. Because I need more.
Has this happened to you? Do you hold out hope? Or do you just accept that its over?