If you’ve been keeping up with my blog you’re probably thinking, “Another move?!” and you’re absolutely right. This will be my fifth move in less than two and a half years.
Let me explain.
All righty, so in August I made three years as a full-time author. Honestly, I didn’t think it was possible for me to make a living from writing. I thought I would always have a day job and write on the side. The Crime Lord Series changed my life. It skyrocketed me into a new life and mindset. I realized anything was possible.
I’ve always been a restless soul and had this fantasy about living on the road–letting the wind blow me where it would. Living in a new city every year sounded like an awesome challenge and with my burgeoning career as an author, I had the means to do it. I made the decision to leave Hawaii (again) and delve back into the big, bad world.
I delved in all right.
I moved back to Las Vegas where the Crime Lord Series takes place and where I lived for nearly four years in my early twenties when the economy crashed in 2008. I have fond memories of my come up here. Las Vegas shoved me into adulthood, taught me how to be independent, and became the backdrop for a series that gave me a career. It seemed like a logical place to get my feet wet. I had grand ideas of building my business, attending signings, and traveling constantly.
Of course, it didn’t work out that way.
It seems from the moment I arrived in Las Vegas (even before, to be honest) I was plagued with tragedies and odd happenings that kept me on my toes and on the move. Hostile neighbors, shady landlords, unusual winters, bad business contacts, and more. I was never able to settle peacefully in any location and as a writer, I was still trying to figure out the business side. Not only was I trying to settle into a career that was evolving daily, I couldn’t figure out where I wanted to be. I moved to Utah for a few months and even drove up to Oregon to scope out the landscape, but nothing felt right. I spent months trying to figure out what state I’d live in or if I wanted to live in an RV, but I always ended up renting in Las Vegas and the bad cycle would start all over again and I’d be counting down the months until my next move.
It took about two years and a lot of moving and heartache for me to realize that the best place for me is the place I left. Hawaii. I’m from there and in the past scoffed at such a quiet, simple life, but now I find myself desperately yearning for it. I guess I am getting older. LOL. It took a lot of soul searching for me to realize what I want isn’t necessarily what I need. Living a nomadic life isn’t in my cards right now. I need peace and quiet and stability more than I need to see a new sight every couple of months. In Hawaii I’m constantly bombarded by family and friends, but maybe that’s what I need. I need a home base, an anchor of sorts in a world that’s changing so quickly, I have to run to keep up.
So, I’m moving home. And I’m damn excited and relieved. I swear, this is going to be the last mega move for a long time!
I explained all this so you realize what’s been going on with me and the delay for the books. This isn’t a good excuse, but it’s all I’ve got. I feel awful that I’ve made you all wait forever and I promise this move home is going to yield amazing results. It’s where I started, after all. In the past 11 years I’ve moved 10 times and I’m finally over trying to find the “perfect” place. As a friend of mine says, “It is what you make it.” I’m still figuring myself out, but moving back to Hawaii is the largest and most important puzzle piece and it’s falling into place. I found out where I want to be. Check! Now, I just have to settle in and write my ass off.
I appreciate you all so much. I know I don’t say it enough. I’m a notorious hermit and live in my head. I loathe attention, so having an audience freaks me out and sends me into panic mode. I’m slowly adjusting. LOL. Even my siblings send me texts like, “Are you still alive? Ok. Just checking.” I’m one of those writers who would be happy as a clam in a tiny cabin in the woods with no one around for miles. I guess my plethora of characters keep me entertained… Ok, now I sound crazy, but that’s what artists are known for, right?
I leave Las Vegas in less than 30 days, so I’m right in the eye of the storm right now and my brain is skittering in a million directions, but I felt like I owed you guys an explanation for my helter-skelter online presence and release schedule of late. Honestly, I don’t know when book 5 will come out. I’ll arrive home in mid-October and I plan to nest, set myself up, and dive in, but there’s also the holidays, which my family expects me to participate in. And you know what? For the first time, I’m down. I guess battling with the rest of the world for the past two years has given me an all-new appreciation for family and community.
Books 5 and 6 have events that are happening simultaneously. Book 5 is Carmen’s while book 6 belongs to another character. This is the reason for writing both books at the same time. Book 5 is already promising to be as big as Awakened by Sin so the two books combined is more like two and a half or three books. BUT, me being home means all that other shit that took up so much of my time will cease to exist so I’m hoping I’ll be able to get a shitload done. I hope to blow your minds next year with the amount of books I plan to release. (Oh, God, please may I not be cursing myself.)
But yeah, that’s my latest and why you haven’t seen updates for book 5. I can say about 5 (I don’t have a title yet) that the tone and breadth of it is already surprising the hell out of me. We meet old and new characters and I desperately want to give Carmen the HEA she craves so… It’s coming. And I promise to post any updates ASAP! I swear, I have amazing things in store for the Crime Lord Series and Singed so please continue being patient and amazing. I promise I’ll come through!