Saturday, June 14, 2014

Deadly Dilemma

An author I know is deathly tired of writing mysteries. She wants to write psychological suspense.

After having written a successful series with a character people have enjoyed, she has tried to express the fact that this last novel is the end. Readers however, are contacting her to say how much they loved the book and can't wait for her next one.

The next one.

As a writer, I know how she must feel. I've heard it before from bestselling authors—they're bored to tears with the character but the sales are too good for their publisher to allow them to move on. It's like being trapped in a once wonderful, but now terrible, marriage year after year after year.

As a reader, I would be terribly disappointed if a favorite character was abandoned by their author. But would I abandon the author? Probably not.

What about you?

It's all better with friends.


  1. Writers should write what makes them happy. Readers should read good books and try not to get invested in fiction characters. Remember "Misery?"