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
  • TSharpe
    Posted at 05:17h, 14 April Reply

    Happy to hear you are not binging on Game of Thrones but I gotta tell ya, it is VERY addictive. So don’t have anything planned when you start to watch/read and have all the breakables put away.

    Also glad that you are doing what is necessary to make you happy. If a PhD is what you what then go get it especially after all the hard work you have done. Also glad that you plan to keep writing because this storyline is great.

    As an independent you might be interested in researching what Michael Anderle is doing on Amazon. He started writing the Kutherian Gambit Series.

  • roselykm
    Posted at 18:43h, 13 April Reply

    Why would you want to chase a PhD, a full time writer is more lucrative. Unless you want to be a professor then you will need PhD.

    I dunno why you want to have 9 to 5 job instead of just do the writing full time. You already have popular and very good series that can make you a millionaire.

    I dunno if you heard a guy name Justin Shier who wrote super awesome book series, dieter resnick adventure. That guy pursuing a Dr career and now his awesome book project is dead at book 2. I hope that will not happen to you.

    PhD need hardwork and full concentration, i knew coz i already do it and stuck in the middle.

    I wish you good luck to do both. Please do not become another Justin Shier.

    Cheers

    • Chaos Angelwings
      Posted at 06:11h, 15 April Reply

      Sometimes it’s about you passion and not the money. Maybe he want the doctorate more than being a writer. I quit a $100,000 job because I’d rather teach high schoolers. Follow your heart Dr. Kade.

      • TShar
        Posted at 11:58h, 17 April Reply

        Yes, follow your heart, and if you are blessed/lucky your passion will make you money.

  • christopher facklam
    Posted at 02:41h, 13 April Reply

    I am happy to hear about you getting your phd. but the date this was posted made me wonder if the thing was a joke about not having the 3rd for some time only this seem likely to be real which is cool. updates on April fools day always make me wonder

  • Jeromy Ozaeta
    Posted at 22:56h, 10 April Reply

    This series is a lot of fun. Updates are awesome, although I think readers believe we are owed all the information ever. It is delightfully refreshing to have an author explain why things are the way they are, but not necessary. I really hope you get what you need and i’m sure the writing will take care of itself. Thanks for your work!

  • Dennis
    Posted at 20:28h, 10 April Reply

    Hey Kel. It’s awesome that you’re able to complete that program now and prevent all your hard work from going to waste. I just wanted to chime in with some praise for KDT, because it’s easily one of my favorite series ever, regardless of genre. It’s so well-written and entertaining, not to mention unusually hilarious for a fantasy story. I can’t wait for the third one. Thanks so much and keep up the good work!

  • Josy Loope
    Posted at 04:01h, 10 April Reply

    As a single mom myself – who keeps getting hooked into books I introduce to my teens – It’s really awesome what you’ve accomplished thus far and although I’m eagerly waiting the next book, I wish you well on your dissertation!! You are worth the wait!

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