A thing to know about me: I am still somewhat astonished that I get to write stories and people will pay me to do that. Not to dismiss the amount of work that I put into my books—because I do a lot of planning and research, along with the actual WRITING of the thing—but so do many other wonderful writers who are still working day jobs or writing for the love of it, but not making much money.
To put it more simply, I’m incredibly grateful that my hard work has coincided with enough luck to enable me to make writing my full time job.
And you, my readers, are a huge part of that, so I thank you. I hope you know how appreciative I am for your support and goodwill. How flattered I am when you tell me you’ve recommended my books to friends or family or even (wow!) students. I read all your emails and comments here on the website. I’m not always the best about returning your notes, but I read every one and I love hearing from you.
That said, I do think it’s a good time for me to take a bit of a break from social media and the like. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed lately. A bit disconnected from family life. 2015 has seen three full novels and two novellas from this writer. Two of them, The Secret and Waking Hearts, are some of my longest books to date.
I’ll be doing a big Cambio Springs promotion next week to celebrate the release of Waking Hearts before I head to a writers’ retreat next week to finish up Imitation & Alchemy. I’ll continue to post chapters every Saturday on the blog, but I’ll be taking more time off through the holidays for family.
And after I finish Imitation & Alchemy… I honestly don’t know! It’s the first time in about three years that I haven’t had a detailed writing schedule laid out a year or even longer in advance. I know that I’ll be writing the next Cambio Springs book featuring Sean Quinn in the fall, but before that, I’m not sure what I’m going to do.
Please don’t fear that this is writer’s block. Ideas are never the problem! It’s just what order I’m going to get to them. I’d really like to bring the Elemental World elixir storyline to a close so I can focus on the Elemental Legacy series with Ben and Tenzin. So next year might focus on the Elemental World series before I can get back to Irin world.
But I promise I haven’t forgotten Irin world. I just need to take a break for a bit. Elemental readers probably remember that I took quite a long break after Carwyn’s book so I didn’t burn out on that fictional universe, so rest assured that I’ll come back to Irin for sure.
So, for now, I’ll be saying: See you later. Not goodbye, because I still do have some stuff to post as it comes on the blog, but for those of you used to seeing me on Facebook or Twitter, you’ll be seeing less of me in the coming months. Hopefully, this will let me get back to writing life refreshed for the coming year.
I hope my American readers have a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving, and I hope you’re all enjoying the roll into Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. My lights are already up, but we’re waiting on the tree. And I’ll be seeing you here and there so be merry.
All the best, Elizabeth