My dear friends,
A lot of you have emailed me and left comments here asking “What in the world happened to Lost In Scotland?!!” It’s got to be disappointing to pre-order a book that doesn’t show up. I’m sorry for the confusion and I’m sorry for not responding individually to all of your messages.
Have you ever had a bad week? A bad month? What about a bad year? I tend to go through the normal ups and downs where I might be in a slump for maybe a month at the most but then I get things adjusted and life looks up again. Well, 2016 was not a normal year for me. 2016 was the year that kicked my trash. In August I hit rock-bottom and decided it was time to have a mid-life crisis. (I’m 41, so it seemed both appropriate and necessary.) Part of that crisis resulted in my not finishing Lost in Scotland. Actually, I kind of finished a story with that title but it was garbage. And do not think that I’m exaggerating! I know garbage when I read it and when you’re in the midst of the worst year of your life and under pressure to write a great book, you will not produce greatness. You will produce garbage that readers will throw at the wall after vomiting all over. Trust me, trust me, trust me. It was not good. I am only human. I do not have super powers.
Fortunately, I have an amazing friend in my publisher who saw the writing on the wall and told me to take whatever time I needed to write this story. So I am currently not writing. I am currently not doing a lot of things I spent this year doing. And, instead, I am doing a lot of things that I haven’t been able to do in a long time. Like read. Sew. Dance. Play with my kids. Relax. Spend weekends with my family. Exercise. Volunteer. Watch TV. Cuddle with my husband. Normal things that other people take for granted. Things that make my life balanced. Things that fill my well, which was bone-dry. When I emerge on the other side of this crisis, I will be a stronger and happier person, and hopefully that strong, happy person will be able to write a story that will be worth waiting for.
Thank you so much for your support and encouragement. I sincerely do consider you my friends. My kindred spirits. I hope you have a beautiful, wonderful, love-filled Christmas season.