My first blog post! And what a post it'll be. When not working on my manuscripts and getting ready for my next novel to hit the world I like to write about everything. My life, my struggles, the things I observe, and the things I wish I could write about. I've had quite a few people tell me I should write a blog, and the idea has never sat well with me. I didn't think I'd have the potential to write about things that are interesting enough for others to read, but I also know that writing is my outlet, it is my passion, and it helps me get through my darkest days. That's why I decided to start blogging. I don't know how often I'll do it, maybe once a week or once every couple of weeks, I guess I'll just take it one day at a time.
Now you're probably wondering what on earth I'm rambling on about, alas there is a method to my madness. As you know, my next novel, The Miracle of Delilah, is due to be released in just over a month. This novel has been a joy for me to work on, especially considering it's the follow-up novel to my debut into the writing world. While I was exhilarated to bring my next book baby into the world, I've had to take a step back and spend some much-needed time reflecting on my decision to publish this novel, despite the endless questions I get from people asking me when it'll be available.
After much consideration, I have decided that my best option is to move the release date for The Miracle of Delilah back until early 2018.
As you know, I suffer from depression and anxiety. Recently my mental health has taken a turn for the worst, and in order to help myself, I’ve decided I need to take a step back and give myself some time to breathe. I also want to focus on getting this novel to the point where I am satisfied with the storyline, the characters and the development from novel one to novel two. A lot goes into making a book come to life, and with that comes stress and pressure to get it just right. I don’t ever want to put work out into the world knowing that it’s not my best and I didn’t put 100% into it. I know I deserve more and my readers deserve more too. I never want anyone to read my books and feel like it was rushed or that I didn’t put my heart and soul into it because that’s exactly what I do.
Sometimes in life we need to take a break, and I’ve realised that right now that’s what I need to do. I do feel as though I am letting those of you who were so excited for this novel down, but I realised that by releasing this novel next month would be a mistake. In trying not to let my readers down, I'd effectively be letting myself down, and while this was a difficult decision to make (one that led to many sleepless nights and tossing and turning) in the end, I know this is the best decision for everyone. I want you to love this novel, as I do too, so by taking this time I'll be able to get the novel to where it needs to be.
I just wanted to thank all of you for the support and love I have received since becoming an author. It truly means the world to me, and I am so appreciative of every single one of you. There are no words to express how thankful I am to those of you who have read my novel and continued to follow my journey. I promise to keep you updated on The Miracle of Delilah, and I promise it's worth the wait.
In the meantime, I am still offering a $25 book special for The Rise of Delilah. Half of each sale goes directly to The Kai Eardley Fund, which helps raise money for mental health, something I am very vocal about. We need to help fight for a change in the way mental health is approached, and The KEF is doing exactly that. Please visit the official website to find out more or to find out more ways to donate.
Lots of love,