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.

Sincerely,

Kel

103 Comments
  • Kyle
    Posted at 20:53h, 03 May Reply

    Any May update? Keep us on the hook as it were.

  • Datta Ravi Teja G
    Posted at 13:53h, 03 May Reply

    Hi,

    Thanks a lot for KDT series. I love it a lot and a I am seriously going mad waiting for the 3rd book. Its not that I am unappreciative of you, but… seriously hurry up with third book I have already read both books atleast 50 times!!!!!

    • Kel Kade
      Posted at 22:31h, 08 May Reply

      I’m working on it. Thanks for your enthusiasm. I love to hear it!

  • John
    Posted at 19:45h, 27 April Reply

    Kel, just wanted to say thanks for KDT. It’s been a great escape for me. It’s funny to find that you’re a geoscientist, because so am, haha. I’ve been in the oil and gas industry for 5 years now, and I’m about to lose my job because of acquisition lay-offs. I’ll be spending the next few months finishing my MS thesis, which I’ve been neglecting for the past 5 years. KDT has been a great stress outlet, and I’ve been listening to the audiobooks constantly. Good luck to the both of us, and good luck in your writing and parenting! Can’t wat for the third KDT! Cheers!

    • Kel Kade
      Posted at 22:36h, 08 May Reply

      So glad to hear from the geo-peeps. Sorry to hear about your job, but maybe you’ll find a new outlet for undiscovered talents. It happens. I wish you luck on your MS thesis and in finding a new job/career! Also, good reading!

  • Denise Johnson
    Posted at 15:11h, 27 April Reply

    Please, please finish your doctorate first! As a recent master’s graduate, I know only a fraction of the sweat, tears, and dedication that you’ve put into your doctorate so far. Please do not let your fans keep you from finishing your thesis!

    My hope is that, in the end, you can eventually do both — Finish your doctorate and then finish your book. That would be the best of both worlds. We can wait. Really. We can.

    • Kel Kade
      Posted at 22:38h, 08 May Reply

      I appreciate your encouragement and support. I’m finding time to work on both, so you should be left waiting too long. I hope you continue to enjoy the series. Congratulations on your master’s!

  • James
    Posted at 02:36h, 27 April Reply

    It amazes me that people are begging for a update when he just gave us one. With many authors we are lucky to get two updates in a entire year. I feel the author has been very generous thus far with transparency and keeping fans in the loop. Just finished book two and I want the third right now, but fully realize that these things take time. I feel the reader is fortunate to get one book a year from any author.

  • Michael Cruz
    Posted at 00:20h, 27 April Reply

    Support your decision 100%. Best of luck and go do your thing with our blessing!

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