Picking Up the Pen (Again)

There are few experiences I hate more than being ghosted by an author. I discover a new book or series, quickly blow through the authors catalog, and wait for their next publication. And wait … and wait. I check their website, stalk their social accounts, and – in a desperate act – join their mailing list all to no avail.  And then, a year later – BAM – a new release! That release rivals the Christmas mornings of my childhood. While the joy of finally getting my greedy hands on that next book, albeit a year later, is its own form of nirvana, the months between are torture. So, I feel extra bad that I’ve done this to you – ghosted my own readers – without any clue as to when my next work will come out.

Well, I’ve got good news and bad news. The good news is, there will be more books from me. YAY! The bad news is that you’ll have to wait a little longer for my next release though I can promise it will come out sometime this year! In the mean time I want to a.) apologize for ghosting you without a word and b.) share what’s been going on during my two-year hiatus.

First, I’m so sorry to have disappeared without a word. I know many indie authors may take long to publish because in addition to writing, they also work a day job and/or have a family to care for. This is the case for me too, but I’ve had a ton on my plate personally in addition to my regular work and family life.

So, what the hell happened to me? I lost a parent. Some context here, I’ve always struggled with anxiety and depression, so when this happened, I spiraled. Things got so bad, I took medical leave from my day job. Just as I felt myself clawing out of the hole I was in, the country was overwhelmed by COVID-19. It’s been a struggle. Between then and now, I’ve been on medication to help manage my depression and anxiety. I’ve also encountered another major health issue and experienced yet another life-altering loss.

As a result, I’ve been dedicating all my mental and emotional energy to treading water. Now I feel I have the capacity to dedicate the time and energy to this craft again and I can’t wait to share some new love stories and happily-ever-afters. In the coming weeks I’ll share more about what I’m working on and when you can expect to read it.

In addition, I’ve dusted off a ROUGH draft of a totally different kind of story and I think I’ve finally worked up the nerve to release excerpts each month to test the waters and see what you all think.

Thank you all for your patience and continued support while I was gone. If you’re interested in being an ARC reader, drop me a line at Londra.laine@gmail.com and I’ll add you to my list!

L.L.

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