I got an email last night from a reader asking about Wrangling the Past. I’d totally forgotten that yesterday was the original release date for Gabe’s story, and that readers might not have heard what was happening with it.

As you may have noticed, it was not released yesterday, and I’m extremely sorry that I’ve disappointed my readers who have been patiently waiting. As I wrote about back in September, I’ve been battlling a bad bout of depression this spring and summer and it severely affected my ability to write, so I asked my editor if I could delay the deadline.

feeling broken

It was the toughest email I’ve ever had to write. But Angela James was right there for me. She quickly replied and released me from my deadline.

Not having that deadline looming over me has helped me focus on what I needed to so I could get back on an even keel, kick-start the creative process and battle the doubt-demons into submission. (Okay, that sounds kinkier than I’d intended.)

I assure you — Gabe is still getting his story. There will be a Wrangling the Past coming out from Carina Press, but it’ll be in 2015.


**edited/added after the initial posting** I should add that I am getting better/more in control, though it’s a tenuous situation because my husband is potentially facing a permanent layoff which at his age will be a life-changing event.  I’ve also taken a look at my writing process and made some changes that are helping me find the joy in writing again. Now if I could just figure out the whole marketing aspect of this business…

An explanation…

3 thoughts on “An explanation…

  • December 9, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Take your time. It’s okay. Fans are going to love it now or later, and you are so much more important. Best.

  • December 9, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Writers do more than just portray emotion, they feel it, the highs and the lows. Sometimes you just need to ride through it and know that those who really care will understand.

  • December 9, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    All the best to you Leah. Not sure if it helps for me to say it, but I’ve had to question my process, the business side of writing, the social media etc. this year too, many times. I’ve been wondering a lot why I do this to myself and have had fallen into exhaustion/demotivation, whatever you want to call it in my case, twice this year (am there right now-not writing a damn thing and kind of not caring to either). We as writers tend to feel very deeply and at times there’s a huge cost to that, especially considering the ‘machine’ we are in, aka the publishing business. It’s a ruthless thing and tough on our creative souls.

    Continue to rebuild one step at a time. Movement of any kind–even if it’s not on actual writing but something else productive–can only be good. Good luck oxox

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