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As I mentioned here before, I put my writing career on hold after the death of my oldest child in March of 2014 at the age of 16. I have two surviving children whom I love as dearly as you can possibly imagine, but Julian was my first and we were so alike in temperament that he was as much my best friend as he was my child. So much so that, when I sold my my novella, Wickedly Ever After and two companion novellas (which weren’t written at the time) to Kensington Publishing in 2008, Julian was the first person I told.
After his death, I wrote off and on, but I always lost interest long before reaching “The End”, and I wasn’t sure that would ever change. The longer I went without finishing anything, the more certain I was that trying to get started again would be such an impossible uphill climb that it wouldn’t be worth the effort, especially because I would have to finish multiple books before publishing again to get the kind of visibility I’d need to make it worth my while. And that certainly wasn’t happening when I couldn’t even finish one manuscript! I gave up on writing/publishing and devoted myself to my family and to my day job.
But then, a little more than four years after his death, I got the rights to those three novellas back from Kensington, and also found, to my amazement, that I was motivated to finish one of the historical manuscripts I put on the back burner years ago, A Matter of Indiscretion. I realized that I could rerelease my novellas and then follow that up with the release of a new book and maybe—just maybe—earn enough from my backlist and my new books to fund the scholarship my husband and I established in Julian’s name. We’ve already given $34,000 in scholarships to deserving graduates of his high school who plan to study in the STEM fields (Julian was a science nut who wavered between wanting to be a theoretical physicist, an inventor/entrepreneur, and a doctor). Much of that money came from donations from friends, family, students at his high school and the romance community at the time of his death, but those funds are gone now. Going forward, we either have to fund the scholarship out of our own pockets or ask for additional donations. I’d like to be able to get all or most of that funding from my writing, if not right away, then in the future.
When Kensington agreed to revert my rights—something I wasn’t sure they were obligated to do under the terms of my contract—it felt like the universe’s way of telling me it was time to write and publish again. I’m pleased to be rereleasing all of the Kensington novellas over the next few months, followed by A Matter of Indiscretion–which will be a full-length novel, not a novella–in the fall of 2018.
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