Happy holidays! Hope you’re enjoying the season and getting to spend time with your favorite people. Also, a quick reminder for anyone who reads the Rider’s books through Kindle Unlimited that they’ll be rolling out of KU at the end of the month, so borrow them now or wait another six months or so before they do another spin through KU. (And if you don’t like that, tell Amazon to not make authors be exclusive to Amazon just to list their books in KU.)
On Twitter today I saw someone giving Patrick Rothfuss (a great author, you should read his books), a hard time because his third book isn’t out yet. Granted, the last one came out in 2013, so I get it as a reader, you want to read that next book.
(Poor George RR Martin gets a lot of that, too, and he’s written about how that kind of pressure can just shut him down in his writing process which just makes it worse.)
What I’ve come to realize as an author that I never understood as a reader is that sometimes it’s not that easy to just write the next book.
I usually alternate between pen names so after I finished the last Rider’s book in July I turned to a romance I needed to finish. It was a second-in-series book about a woman who lost her husband and is now finding love again. I thought it would be easy to knock out and I’d have it published by September at the latest. I knew the character, I knew the world, I even knew the story and who she falls in love with.
Writers, or at least the type of writer I am, plumb our own emotional experiences to fuel the emotions of our characters. So, I, for example, draw upon the death of my father to fuel the scenes I write about losing someone you love. And sometimes going to that same emotional place too many times in a row is just too hard to do. Most people experience a loss like that and then find a way to shove it aside so they can keep living. They don’t keep going back there and revisiting those feelings over and over again.
So after writing about grief in Rider’s Rescue, it turns out I wasn’t able to write about it again in this romance novel. Which means I stalled out with my fiction writing and ended up writing a cookbook instead. (Seriously.)
I’m now setting aside that romance that just doesn’t want to be written right now and turning to RR#3. There’s some heavy lifting to do there, too, but not of the same kind. Book 3 will have conflict but it’s about resolution and triumph this time around, so yay.
But given my process we’re probably looking at June for release of that one. (I know, sorry. But it’ll be worth it, I promise. Or at least I hope. A little early to promise anything, although I’ve been thinking about book 3 since I finalized edits on book 2 and from what I know of it, I think it’ll be enjoyable if you liked books 1 and 2.)
I’m sorry it isn’t going to be out sooner but at the same time that should still be less than a year after book 2 came out, which is better than Rothfuss, right? Right.
And I know you’ll still have plenty to read in the meantime, because there are so many other great books out there. (You should see my kitchen table right now. I keep buying them even though I don’t have time to read them! If my next story is about cloning, you’ll know why.) For example, I recently enjoyed Thunderlord by Deborah J. Ross.
And if you are still at a loss for things to read (how is that possible, please let me know), you might want to check out this list here. Through the end of the month it includes links to SFF books from authors who donated to help out their follow authors this holiday season so you can find a great author to read and help out someone you know helped out others. Sort of a win-win-win. Right? Right.
Now. Back to RR#3. Because if I don’t write it, no one else will.