Hi guys. My PR girls have been hard at work helping me write out an official statement while I’ve been running around being a mom and making arrangements in the aftermath of everything that’s happened, but since I've received over a hundred concerned fan emails in the last few hours with the Amazon cancellation notification that went out, I'm doing my announcement off-script. *grabbing lots of tissues*
As I noted a few days ago, my personal life of late has been getting hit over and over again with illness, tragedy, struggles, seemingly unfair universe cruelties, and increasing heartbreak. I've tried to keep a happy and brave face on but as many of you have noticed, I've been coming online less and less as it's been getting more difficult to continue to pick myself up after each blow and be the ball of sunshine I aspire to be online with all of you. It's been an ongoing challenge and my amazingly supportive author friends have been instrumental in helping me through so much over the past few months. However, in light of recent events—the latest in a long string—I've come to the heartwrenching realization that I just can't do right by both my family and my fans, and continue to stay healthy with everything the universe keeps throwing our way.
Thus, though it absolutely kills me to have to do it, I will hereby be canceling all book signings and all upcoming new releases for the rest of 2014 to focus on family and health. Any fans who were hoping to get a signed paperback from one of the signings, please contact my assistant (via FB messaging or my authorvioletduke at gmail email). And for the thousands of you who have preordered my upcoming books this year, note that instead of pushing them forward to 2015, I've asked my reps at Amazon, BN, and iBooks to pull/cancel the books completely. For pre-orders, either way, no one gets charged until the book is delivered to your ereader, but by cancelling completely (as opposed to postponing to an unknown date), it means you won't be getting all those update emails regarding the delivery status (you know how much I don't like littering your inboxes with stuff). Further, I will also be taking off social media, email, and all other author-related work for the rest of 2014 as well. Two of my three assistants will be stopping by here once in a while, however, and will also be checking my fan mail box weekly until I return to work in 2015.
Please know that this was an utterly impossible decision for me to make. I’ve tortured myself and my colleagues (that gush of wind you just heard is the collective nodding they're all doing right now) trying to decide this for months now, partly because it is a professional path very few authors have taken, and partly because it was torture to even think about disappointing all of you who have come to love my characters as much as I do. But as someone who has been not just bent, but thoroughly broken by life's cruelties in the past, I *needed* to make this decision with health and family as the top priority. It's the right decision, I know, but it still pained me to make it.
In addition to this announcement, I want to get some much-deserved thanks in before I sign-off for the rest of this year.
I want to thank everyone who has lent their expertise and experiences via email and messaging each time I’ve sent out an SOS for medical advice this past year. All of your shared stories, suggestions, positive reassurances, and realistic cautions have helped tremendously. I am encouraged that I'll be able to get my son the therapy he needs and yes, I will stop putting my worsening medical conditions on the back burner in lieu of work. Already, I’ve scheduled the half dozen appointments I’ve been putting off to finish the Cactus Creek books this summer--I am re-prioritizing the medical attention I need for my brain, my worsening limbs, and the host of other things that have been plaguing me. (MVD is breathing a particularly emotional sigh of relief over this one as it's been breaking his heart to see me slowly slip into more and more pain, less and less function).
I'd also like to thank the dozens of wonderful authors who have run to my side and held me up when I felt like I would crumple these past few months. You all know how much I adore them. But along with my adoration comes sheer admiration as well. Each and every one of them have shared stories of the heartbreaking hardships they've overcome, selflessly showing me the vulnerable parts of their pasts to lend me the strength and wisdom they’ve gained along the way. In this and so many ways, they have each shown themselves to be wily, awe-inspiring, miraculous women who never fail to make me feel both empowered by and utterly privileged to be a part of this incredible community. I feel so lucky and honored to call them my friends, my sisters, my colleagues, my role models.
And now for the really big waterworks. Seriously. Gosh, you fans... I can’t even be poetic about it, I’m so emotional. I just love the hell out of you fans. Plain and simple. Raw and real. You can ask anyone here in Hawai'i and they will tell you that Violet Duke (the physical human *cough* hermit) almost never leaves her house. Instead, she spends her life hanging out with her story characters and her fans. And she has a goofy happy smile on her face most of the time because of both. (She also refers to herself in the third person when she's crying like a baby). I am going to miss all of you insanely wonderful fans more than you can possibly imagine. You have come to mean so much to me. You bring vibrant life to my stories and fabulous stories to my life. Trust me when I say that I will be counting down the days until 2015 when I can be reunited with all of you again.
With all the love you all inspire and make me thankful for daily,
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