Before I get into the purpose of this message, I want to thank all my fans and readers. Romance fans are the best, but you guys take that to a whole new level of awesome!
So I’ve been quiet for a while because I’ve been struggling. A lot of you know that I had cervical spine surgery at the end of 2018, and that went well for the most part. Unfortunately, nothing is ever perfect, and I’m left with tinnitus (ringing in my ears). I managed to finish one more book, and began writing PRIMAL MAGIC when the tinnitus got worse. It’s playing havoc with my concentration and ability to write. And so, after months of agonizing, worrying, and being furious at myself, I’m going to take a break.
I’m officially announcing a hiatus from writing until I can get a handle on this and resume doing what I love—telling stories. Which means that at this time I won’t be finishing the Wing Slayer Hunter Series. I’m truly sorry for disappointing you. I seriously hung on, trying over and over, because I care about all my readers. But this is the point where I need to step back and take care of myself a little bit too.
I sincerely appreciate your understanding and support. I hope we can all keep in touch through social media, and I’ll send out another newsletter when I have more to share. Writing and stories will always be a part of my life, and so will the amazing readers to love great books as much as I do.
*Please note: While I’m putting my professional career on hold, I will still be here posting on this blog. I’ll continue to talk about writing, reading, dogs, life, family, cakes, yoga, or anything that comes up–including this struggle of make such hard choices if anyone is interested. I hope you’ll stick around! Stepping back from writing is painful enough, I sure don’t want to lose my blog-friends too!
November 10th, 2021 at 6:15 am · Link
Sending you lots of healing hugs. RO
November 10th, 2021 at 7:04 am · Link
I had a feeling… but what I imagined was way worse, so no worries. I thought you were chucking the whole thing and disappearing. That would’ve sucked. Going on hiatus from writing had to be a hard decision but trying to write amidst everything was harder on you. :HUGS:
November 10th, 2021 at 8:00 am · Link
Like B.E., I sorta saw this coming. I know you struggled with the decision and good on you for putting yourself first. LG struggles with constant tinnitus from the concussion syndrome. Luckily, the new hearing aids are helping a bit but I totally understand your struggle! I’m glad you’re sticking around on the blog because I would totally miss touching base with you!
Main thing is, you gotta take care of you. Put yourself first. Find what makes you happy. Heal. Enjoy your family. Play with cakes and Maggie. If or when you decide the stories in your head need to be told again, we’ll be here.
Sending you lots of 💖💖💖💖💖 and 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗, m’friend.
November 10th, 2021 at 11:23 am · Link
RO, thank you!
November 10th, 2021 at 11:33 am · Link
B.E, thank you for the support! I gave no plans to disappear, I promise. I’d miss you all too much. I care about everyone else’s writing journeys and lives. I want to stay involved in that respect, and hopefully, I’ll return to writing. Or not. I’ll adjust however it turns out.
November 10th, 2021 at 11:38 am · Link
Silver, it’s unbelievably painful to do this, and thank you for understanding. I still can’t believe I couldn’t just work past it. But life is life, this is the one I have and I am–despite this–very grateful for it. So…I’ll do what I can and mitigate then and see what happens. The thing that has saved my sanity has been listening to audio books, podcasts, anything that can drown out the ringing. So that makes me even luckier to live in a time when I have earbuds and so much content available. I’m also grateful to have such supportive friends and fans!
November 10th, 2021 at 3:49 pm · Link
This must be very hard for you but you have to take care of your self. You should always come first. I know it was hard for you to make the statement but it was wise.
While you are healing you are getting in to new and exciting activities. Your cake decorating is amazing. Learning new techniques must be thrilling and the fact that you share it all with us so sweet.
Lots of love and hugs to you🥰.
November 10th, 2021 at 5:44 pm · Link
Viki, it is hard, but it’s the right thing to do for readers. They deserve my honesty. I was balancing my needs with theirs when I finally decided.
Thank you on my cakes. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, and now is as good as time as any. I love learning.
I really appreciate your kindness and caring. Good friends are priceless.