An Overdue Explanation

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.

37 thoughts on “An Overdue Explanation

  1. Jana Adamson says:

    Your stories are worth waiting for! So fill your well and enjoy your family without all the pressure. I think most of us can totally relate to the well running dry from time to time. We all need to feel renewed and rejuvenated. So don’t feel a moment of guilt. We, your loyal readers, appreciate what you are going through and your need to regroup. We’ll be waiting for you when life gets better! Merry Christmas and here’s to a very Happy New Year!

  2. Sarah Crump says:

    I am so sorry this year has been so hard for you. I too have not been crazy about this year either. I am so glad you decided to take the time to heal your heart and spend your time with what really matters, your family. Sending prayers to you that you are able to heal and find yourself. Merry Christmas and may Heavenly Father send you tons peace and comfort this special time of year.

  3. Linda Maxwell says:

    My dad always used to say that when something you love to do becomes something you have to do sometimes it’s hard to still love it. I love your stories buy they are just stories. You are real and your life and family are always more important. I know we haven’t heard the last from you but I’m so glad you’re finding balance.πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

  4. Shawna Perez says:

    You are amazing! I love your books and writting but I think I will enjoy your next book more knowing you are taking time to love yourself and your family! Thank you for sharing your heart through your writing and sharing your reality through this. 2016 has been a hard year for me too. I’m glad to know I have company and we can make next year better. Your books are worth waiting for and your fans will always be ready but your family is the most precious thing you have so take your time!

  5. 2016 has been hard for so many, I’m sorry to hear it was bad for you too! Know that your fans are loyal and care about you as a person. Looking forward to what your future brings you! Thanks for sharing and take good care of yourself.

  6. Sam Rowley says:

    Wishing you a Wonderful Christmas with your family! Relax and enjoy, you and your family come first, nothing is more important than that, and when you feel better and the time is right we will still all be here, and your wonderful books will be treasured because we know how much you have been through. Look after yourself !

  7. Tatiana says:

    Julianne we all go through those things. I didn’t realize being a writer was so struggling but thank you for reaching out to us, your readers. I think we as women understand better than anyone what you’re going through. Take what ever time necessary because we’ll be here waiting patiently. You have a wonderful talent which also need nurturing, so laugh, dance, and live and share time with you children they are only little once and it goes by so fast! I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year filled with blessings for you and your family.

  8. I am also an author and had this exact same experience. I couldn’t write a single word. I had to take time for myself to refill my own well and then the words came back. I’m currently writing my 4th book, but I had to take a several month break to be able to reopen my imagination. Good luck to you! Enjoy those babies, because they grow up so fast. Merry Christmas!

  9. Christie says:

    Bless you for recognizing that you were maxed out on life. That’s a hard thing to admit. I’m so glad that you are taking care of yourself now. Enjoy refilling your well. We’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready.

  10. M Dove says:

    Rest in the Lord and re-emerge … you’ll find that somewhere along the line you turned into a beautiful butterfly. Merry Christmas! Can’t wait for the new book, but I absolutely can wait of course :)

  11. Rebekah Arntz says:

    I appreciate your candidness, it’s not easy to admit that life gets the best of us sometimes. And I love that you’re taking a step back to focus on you and your family. That’s the most important thing! While I love reading your books, I would hate to have any part in taking joy out of your life at home. So do what you need to do, for as long as you need to do it ;). I will still be here to read your next book, even if it’s a few years down the road. Merry Christmas!

  12. Erica says:

    Take time for yourself. We readers will still be here. Family is more important, and a post like this makes this reader (me) love you more. I bet I won’t be the only one.

  13. Rhea says:

    Good for you taking a time out! We understand the need to take a step back. Good luck to you. Enjoy the holiday season
    Merry Christmas!

  14. Ashley says:

    I also can not wait to say goodbye to 2016. What a tough year it has been! I had a similar realization a few months ago. I was saying yes to too many people and things. I was stretching myself too thin and it was making me so unhappy. My family and my home were suffering greatly because of it. When I made the decision to start saying no I had a lot of shocked and offended people but I am so much happier because of it! I’m much more relaxed and I am a better mother and wife because of it and that’s what really matters, right? I actually just finished Blackmoore last night during one of my baby’s 3 am feedings and a wait for another book will certainly be worth it.

  15. Jessica Fluckiger says:

    You are doing just the right thing. Rest well and write when you are ready. Those years while your children are young are precious. ❀️️ I needed to go read Blackmoore again anyway.

  16. Claudia Covarrubias says:

    Nothing in the world is more important than your happines and your family, take a brake and enjoy life, being a mom is your real job, if you aré not enjoying writing simply is not your moment 😘😘😘

  17. Stephanie says:

    Life has a way of getting distorted. When you find your balance you will be a stronger and more beautiful soul. May the Lord bless you in all your current and future undertakings.

  18. Angie says:

    Ditto to the comments above. I will wait forever for your books. They are so worth it. Some people think is sounds trite or insincere to say, “thank you for sharing.” But knowing that you’re human and have real ups and downs makes the wait more meaningful.

  19. Shaela says:

    2016 has been a doozie for everyone I know, including myself. I’m so glad your publisher had been so understanding!! Take your time to rest and relax – as an author myself, I know that the best writing only comes from writers who want to write, not who have to! :) Many blessings for you this Christmas season – can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store!

  20. Shannon says:

    I have just been rereading Edenbrooke and Heir to Edenbrooke! I love both of those books and I also love Blackmore. Take the time you need and live life. When you are ready to write again, I know your readers will be excited to read your book.

  21. Leonor T Alvarez says:

    I agree. Stories worth waiting for. Fill your well. So proud of you for keeping your priorities straight. You and your family are first. Kudos to your publisher. We, your loyal fans, will still be fans when the book is published.

  22. Sunshine Smith says:

    Thank you for taking time for you and not producing something that isn’t you. Thank you for the explanation. I love your other books and wish you a wonderful Christmas with a much brighter 2017.

  23. Lauriann says:

    Completely…real. Thank you, Julianne, for sharing your reality. I’ve been at the bottom and bone-dry before. {I just didn’t create brilliant stories beforehand.} I love that your Publisher is kind and considerate. I love that you are taking time for you, your family,…joy and renewal. Whenever you do write this story, it will be exactly what you want it to be…and I will buy it and savor it.
    In the meantime, however long that may be, know you are loved, appreciated, supported, {virtually} hugged, and in prayers.

  24. Berean says:

    Dear Julianne,
    Thank you for taking the time to share a little of what you are going through. Life can be overwhelming but I trust that you know the ONE who can bring everything back into proper perspective. I’ve so much enjoyed your work and trust that at some future date with your life realigned I’ll have the pleasure of reading more. I’m am sending this with my prayer that God would bless you and that you would find your joy and rest in Him. He does all things well.
    Merry Christmas.

  25. Ali B says:

    You have to take care of yourself and make sure you are finding joy in your life. Thankfully you have supportive people in your life who are there for you. Take your time and know that your fans will be waiting.

  26. Crystal S says:

    Thank goodness for an understanding publisher! And as a reader I’d rather have you well and happy writing a book we’ll all love. Everyone has their rock bottom year and then it’s only up from there. Take your time, love on your family, we’ll still be here waiting when you’re ready. <3

  27. Julie Jarvis says:

    There is no way any reasonable person can blame you for this. Thank you for wanting to do your best. Not only as an author, but as a person. I (in my little sixteen year old world) look up to you :) and this has just given me one more reason to.

  28. Dawn says:

    Okay one question: What are you reading? I need to fill my well as well and reading does that. So what does a good author read when she’s not writing? All the best to you.

    • Julianne Donaldson says:

      Great question! I’m reading the Ruby Red series by Gier which I LOVE and I also recently enjoyed P.S. I Like You by Kasie West. It was so cute.

      • Nancy says:

        I checked out the Ruby Red series from the library based on your comment and have LOVED it!! Thanks for mentioning it.

  29. Jackie says:

    So glad you are taking time off to get refreshed, restored, renewed, and any other ‘re’ word than applies!! I’m a mom and grandma, and I know you have to stay refreshed to be there for your family. You only get one shot at life and don’t want to be sorry later on and wish you would have spent more time doing the things in life that really matter. I am a huge fan of your books! Looking forward to whatever you do – and hope that when – and if – you return to it, that you will enjoy it and know that it was meant to be.
    If you happen to like medieval time-travel (with clean romance of course) – I recommend Dreamspell and Lady Ever After – both by Tamara Leigh. They are page turners for sure! Blessings for restful and happy holidays!

  30. Jody Lyell says:

    Julianne, I wish you the best! I have 5 kids and am trying to finish my first novel in hopes of one day being published, and when I feel downhearted I read Edenbrooke because I just feel so happy by the time it’s finished. So thank you for giving me my happy place. Take all the time you need love, and know there are prayers being said for you and yours xo

  31. Kristina Wirthlin says:

    Bless you, you good woman! I won’t begrudge you a real life even at the expense of the great ones you create on paper. Haha! Thank you for sharing what you have given so far…

  32. Meghan says:

    Stress kills creativity! Please take all the time you need to fill your well! Thank you for your efforts and artistic integrity.

    Take care and Merry Christmas!

  33. Jacque VanOrman says:

    I love this! I am a huge fan of your writing and have loved all your books! But good writing is never forced. As a mom of 3 little ones I know when it is time to take time for yourself and refocus. Right after I had my 3rd I tried to keep up with my very successful business, but in doing so I lost perspective. I began to lose my family and I became a person I was deeply ashamed of. It took a great amount of faith and trust to give up what I thought I wanted and what I thought everyone expected of me, but I am so happy I did! There are days I miss celebrating the successes I found in what I was doing before; now I have days of arguing with a very determined and independent 3 year old, cleaning up after sick kids, and lounging in my activewear. But I know in my stressful, busy and complicated life before I was never able to pause and see the joy all around me. It was always there, I was never able to notice it before. Simple joys of playing with your kids, reading a book that helps you escape ( have I mentioned I love your books) and enjoying a good workout. I hope you have a wonderful time with filling your well. You deserve it!!! Sorry for the long comment!

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