I get asked a lot of questions. For the most part I love to answer them. I’m happy you all want to know about what’s coming up or if I’m going to write a book for this or that character. It’s awesome and I’m grateful for it. After all, without you all, what would I be doing?
Sometimes though there are things that are difficult to answer. Readers like specific answers and I don’t blame you.
Writing is not only something I love doing, it’s my career. And I have to make business decisions about it on a regular basis. For all sorts of reasons. Monetary, speed of release, the editor, the publisher, the contract details regarding what rights I’m giving up and keeping – all sorts of things. Sometimes I can share that in an answer and other times those reasons I make those choices are private ones.
Private not because I want to disappoint readers. I can promise you that authors don’t make those decisions with the intention of disappointing or otherwise upsetting readers. We love readers. We love it when you love our books and our series.
Sometimes our choices are made knowing that readers will be unhappy. That’s life. Think about the things you all do on a regular basis and sometimes you know those choices aren’t ones that will make your kids or your friend or whoever happy, but you know a different choice would be worse.
I can promise you I don’t make those choices lightly. I can promise you I don’t end a series or decide against writing a story for X or Y secondary character to make anyone sad. I can only promise you the choices I make, whether I go into them in detail or not, are the ones I feel are best for me in the long run as well as for my writing career as a whole. And for the most part, readers DO play a part in many of my choices. What you like and don’t like, what you’ve been asking for, etc – all these things do play a role in the decision making process.