Why We Don’t Always Give A Straight Answer Or More Details…

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.

4 comments to “Why We Don’t Always Give A Straight Answer Or More Details…”

  1. Jess
    March 12th, 2012 at 12:08 pm · Link

    Thanks Lauren for explaining some of the decisions you have to make as a writer. I think a lot of people, myself included don’t realize how much you have to do besides writing, when you are an author. Personally I think it would be neat to see the process of writing, editing, and publishing a book and the many different decisions that go with it.

  2. karen
    March 12th, 2012 at 2:15 pm · Link

    Just to say i hope my question wasn’t too upsetting.

    Whether you continue a series or not doesn’t matter – I will always continue to read your books.

    Karen 🙂

  3. Lauren
    March 12th, 2012 at 2:17 pm · Link

    No, not at all! I get asked questions from time to time that I can’t always answer as bluntly as I wish to. It wasn’t just your question (and it wasn’t upsetting at all, I promise). I just wanted to get this out there so people realized when I don’t give specifics it’s usually a situation I prefer not to speak about for one reason or another. 🙂

  4. Diane
    March 12th, 2012 at 2:39 pm · Link

    You keep writing your books and we’ll be happy!!!