Happy April Fool’s Day

Happy April Fool’s Day

Dear Readers,

I’ve been asked to provide an update, if for no other reason than to let you know I’m still alive. I am. Yeay! I’m also still writing. Double yeay! (No, that’s not an April Fool’s prank.)

While I am now writing full-time, I am currently working on several projects, not just KDT. I know, I know. You’re all screaming, “Just give us the third book!” Here’s some of what’s happening.

A number of years ago, I started working on a Ph.D. in geosciences. I spent countless hours in coursework, research, and laboratories. Summer and winter breaks were not spent lounging on the beach or binge watching Game of Thrones (which I still haven’t had the chance to watch/read, so no spoilers!). No, I was in the field far, far away from civilization, almost completely cut off from society for weeks at a time. Yes, there are still places on this planet without internet or cell phone coverage!😲

I endured the physical and emotional rigors of traveling both domestically and internationally, not only to perform said research, but also to stand beside posters and at podiums presenting to rooms full of scientists with far more experience. These were exciting times but also stressful, and I had to swallow the pain of spending much of it away from my child. All of my degree requirements were completed except for the dissertation. Five years and a combined $100K in student debt later, I ran out of funding and was left without a job. Sorry, no Ph.D. for you!

Did I mention I’m a single parent? Financial woes. Two years worth of job searches yielded only a bit of part-time teaching at college. A masters degree in geosciences means little when the market is saturated with job seekers laid off by a struggling oil industry.

I could not sit idly, though. I began writing to fill the time and perhaps to escape for a while from my unproductive despair. I was nearly finished with the first installment of a story when someone started nagging me for attention. He was relentless. He was fantastic, brutal, brilliant, and utterly clueless. The others were silly and made me laugh. I had to write them down before they disappeared forever. Far from the path of my derailed dreams emerged King’s Dark Tidings.

While I am still working diligently on KDT, thanks to your support and appreciation of this series, I can afford to finish my doctoral program before time runs out and all my hard work (and money!) is wasted. Some of you may be frustrated that I cannot focus on KDT 100% of the time. You’ll have to trust me when I say it’s better this way. I am far more productive when I reach a balance between my analytical/logical mind and my creative one. I am capable of working on multiple projects at once.

I may be providing you with an entertaining story, but your readership is helping me to achieve my dreams.



  • Ian
    Posted at 08:30h, 01 April Reply

    Definitely happy to hear that you’re still working on the book, but this isn’t really an update….

    Well… unless the fact that you’re working on the book IS the update, I suppose..

    Either way, thanks for keeping up the good work and look forward to listening to book 3!!

  • GlobalGB
    Posted at 08:02h, 01 April Reply

    All good come to those that wait so we wait, we know it’s coming, and is wirth waiting for

  • April Lee
    Posted at 07:28h, 01 April Reply

    Good luck with the dissertation. I hope you had most of it researched if not written, and that the science hasn’t changed drastically in the meantime.

    Real life can intrude into writing. It’s good to have an update even when it isn’t the announcement of a publication date. Knowing you’re still alive and writing is reassuring.

    All the best!

  • midnightjagger16
    Posted at 07:28h, 01 April Reply

    I think that is amazing. While I do want to continue KDT as soon as possible, I’m rooting for you to finish your Ph.D. Just keep us updated on both the story and the progress of your dissertation. I know my whole family, who I’ve gotten to love KDT, will be rooting for you also.

  • Dianne
    Posted at 07:26h, 01 April Reply

    As much as I love your books and can’t wait for for the next one I totally understand. Go get that PhD!

  • readingspiders
    Posted at 07:16h, 01 April Reply

    I am just happy for an update. Even if it means we still have to wait for the book, I enjoy reading your monthlyish posts. Interesting that you were studying geosciences. I love hearing about people’s education and background when it differs so vastly from what you know them for. My love to you and your kid. 🙂

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