Hey Everyone, if you happen to subscribe to my newsletter than you have an idea of whats been going on with my lately but if you don’t, now that some time has passed, I thought I’d fill everyone in.
A few weeks ago, a dear friend of mine passed away. He was the Christina Yang to my Meredith Grey and I’ve been pretty lost without him. He died at the age of 25 while writing at his computer. I suppose for an author, there’s no better way to go, but he passed too young, entirely unexpected, and there is just this void that makes everything so empty.
Tom Shutt was my editor, my college, my co-author, and my friend. He was one of the few people that really understood this little author bubble I live in. We never met in person, he lived in PA while I’m in WA but we spoke on an almost daily basis, messaging and video chatting for the last 3 years about everything from ideas for books to life and love, ups and downs. I don’t think I realized what an impact he had on my life until he was gone. It’s rare, to develop such a pure platonic relationship with someone else where you genuinely care for the other persons success and well-being.
We’d always joke about our plans for world domination (in the author world) lol, and all of the amazing things we were going to do and all of the fantastic books we were going to write. We were going to meet in person for the first time this summer. I talked him in to attending RWA 2017 in Orlando FL.
Now, I haven’t written anything in nearly a month. I’m behind on deadlines but I almost don’t care. I’m beyond frustrated and angry and just plain sad and much like my little author bubble, no one seems to understand why. He was someone I’d never met in person. Why does it hurt so much? Why does grief strike at the worst times when things get quiet and you’re all alone.
As someone fairly decencetized to death, his is hitting me a lot harder than I would have imagined it could. I’ve lost 11 relatives in 14 years. Death seems so common and frequent in my life but he was only 25. Death is never fair but 25 feels down right cruel.
Anyway, I wanted you to know why I’ve been MIA and why the release for Branded by Fire is going to be pushed to Winter 2017 instead of Fall. Tom and I were co-writing the Hunters Gone Rogue series. We’d finished the 1st draft of book1 and were working on edits and re-writes. I worry about releasing book1 when I’m not sure if I can finish 2 and 3 so I’ve decided to release book 1, The Red Hood, chapter by chapter here on my blog. I want to share his words, but I don’t want the stress of a launch right now.
Keep an eye out for the first installment. It’ll be posted by this coming weekend and if you haven’t checked out Tom’s book, I highly recommend you do so. Tom has this wicked sense of humor that comes out in his characters. He truly has a brilliant mind.