Update 2022

Update 2022

I hope all of you are doing very well, despite the very challenging two years we have had. I do hope that 2022 improves soon, despite the Omicron start. I think about readers a lot during this and the way books are one of the safe things we can curl up with and always have been, really. (And this might be why there is a definite subset of us readers who want books that are safe, too, where good things happen, and why we often follow authors we trust.)

I know I am very overdue for an update on when new books will come from me, as people often write and ask. I have been putting it off and putting it off because I just don’t have good news at this point, and I don’t know when I will.

I DID learn how to recognize my own depression and get treatment, so that was a huge step and has made an enormous difference. Worlds of difference, really, I feel like my old me. But writing became something I battered myself against every morning instead of the joy it was before, and so I had to set it aside. I found out that when I redirected all that energy into outlets where it could flourish, I could flourish, too! (And, in fact, I think I might be driving my colleagues crazy right now with all the energy I now have to create new projects and all the ways I try to loop them into them.)

So…right now writing is a bit like ground I am letting lie fallow. I can’t beat myself up about it anymore and stay healthy. But I am hoping that lying fallow will be the best thing for that ground and when it’s restored, life will flourish again there.

So that is me, and I wish I had better news for those of you wanting Antoine’s book…or any book, to help get through this time!

I hope you will let me know how you have been doing, and I hope you have been staying afloat. I know there has been so much loss and so much strain on everyone. I am thinking of you and wishing for everyone a brighter 2022!

Tous mes meilleurs voeux. All my best wishes for all of you.

39 Comments
  • Laura, I am SO glad you’re taking care of yourself! Writing can wait as long as it takes, or forever – what matters is that you’ve already shared so many gorgeous books with us and you’re allowed – ALWAYS – to use your creativity and energy in ways that feel nurturing to you, whatever those may be. Maybe you’ll want to write again in a year or ten years. Maybe not. You don’t have anything to prove. Either way, I have been thinking of you and hoping for the best, and I was glad to read this hopeful update. <3

    January 15, 2022 at 11:55 am
  • Karen Hoerl
    Reply

    I’m still drinking from my “special” cup and the men of the Chocolate series remain some of my favorite characters! Be well!

    January 15, 2022 at 1:51 pm
  • Lynn Latimer
    Reply

    Laura! It is so good to hear from you. We all go through ages and stages in our lives where things come in and out and with this Covid craziness, we are all thrown for a whammy. I just made your hot chocolate recipe the other day and thought happy thoughts about you. I have heard it said you cannot pour from an empty cup, and so until and unless your cup for writing is full, I am glad you were finding joy in other places.

    Blessings on you and yours

    Lynn Latimer

    January 15, 2022 at 3:23 pm
  • Thank you for the update, Laura! It’s so lovely to hear from you. And you’re allowed to take as long of a break as you need from writing! Glad to hear that you’re taking care of yourself and leaning into what makes you flourish and thrive, which is the best thing all of us can do in these trying times. You have given us enough beautiful stories with your earlier books and we can keep coming back to them for comfort when we need to. I hope you have enough artisan chocolates and comfort reads to keep you company these days.

    January 15, 2022 at 4:14 pm
  • Pat Fordyce
    Reply

    So glad to see this update! First and foremost is your health. As much as I would love to read another book, if it upsets your balance, it’s not worth it! Hope your health stays steady, if an when you write your next book…….I’ll be there.

    January 15, 2022 at 4:42 pm
  • Caryn Cameron
    Reply

    Glad to know you’re happier! We have the books you’ve already written and the world is richer for having them. That’s already a rich legacy. Of course we are hoping for more but readers are always greedy that way. But you come first, finding joy instead of dread.

    I’ve been rereading a lot, because it’s comforting knowing how things turn out. A sense of surety in a very unsure world where somehow it’s still March 2020.

    Best wishes and take care!

    Caryn
    Vancouver, Canada

    January 15, 2022 at 6:58 pm
      • Caryn Cameron
        Reply

        Martha Wells’ Murderbot seems to be the reread of this pandemic, myself included. And Georgette Heyer. And for some of us the various series by Ilona Andrews: adventures where people are competent and the good guys win (and fall in love).

        Best wishes!

        January 17, 2022 at 1:10 am
  • Lynne Ver Mulm
    Reply

    Thank you for letting us know what has been happening with you. I have been wondering. It sounds like focusing on your mental health and what you need to do to flourish is exactly where you need to be. You have such a beautiful writer’s voice that I hope you will again find joy in writing in the not too distant future.

    January 15, 2022 at 7:54 pm
  • Cynthia Wood
    Reply

    Dear Laura,
    I was thrilled to see your post on facebook. You have made my day, my week, my month, my winter! I have thought of you so often. Your books have been one of the positive things I have been holding on to during this time. I have re-read your books so many times I have to make myself wait between readings so I have time to forget things and thus be re-delighted when I rediscover your wonderful characters and their lives. Does that make sense?
    I have wanted to contact you just to see if your are ok, but I didn’t want to pressure you. We have all had enough of that for a few years now. I hope you and your family are well and remain so. Your daughter must be very grown up by now.
    Your writing has been such a gift to me. If you never write another word for us to read, you will already have given us more than enough..
    Blessings to you and your family.

    January 15, 2022 at 8:02 pm
  • Yvonne Nantais
    Reply

    I’m so glad to hear that you are doing well. Your writing has brought me so much joy, I read your novels again and again. Even if you never write another word, I could be content. You have shared your gift, and now you need to stay on the path to your best self. Wherever that takes you, I wish you well.

    January 15, 2022 at 10:05 pm
  • Phyl
    Reply

    I was thinking of you just a few weeks ago. I’m so glad you’re doing well and taking care of yourself. The last two years have been hard and I’ve been re-reading my favorite books, including yours. I think that’s the great thing about getting older, sometimes it’s like reading a brand new book, lol. Sending you lots of virtual hugs.

    January 15, 2022 at 10:59 pm
  • Sara Carmody
    Reply

    So glad to hear you are doing well and taking care of yourself! Like others above, I think your health and happiness should come first. I will always be a fan, whether you write another book at some point or not 🙂 I reread your books often, and romances (including yours) are part of what is helping me get through this pandemic. Thank you for everything you have given us readers!

    January 15, 2022 at 11:34 pm
  • Sandy Brown
    Reply

    I was just thinking about you. I keep your books on my kindle and reread as needed! They’re just fun and a real gift to all of us. You did so much I so short of a time. Thank you. No pressure for more…just glad to hear you’re feeling better, hope that continues and you find peace and joy in life and with your family…wishing you all the best!

    January 16, 2022 at 2:38 am
  • wingednike
    Reply

    I was just stalking your blog and social media because I wondered how you were doing. “THE Chocolate Touch” is one of my comfort reads, and I started 2022 with another re-read.

    I’m glad you are finding things that make you happy and recognize what causes stress. I hope 2022 is a good year for you.

    January 16, 2022 at 3:32 am
  • Laura, it’s great to see an update from you pop up on my feed. I just thought of you today when answering a question about authors in my genre who influenced me in my writing. The male main character in my latest WIP is a chef and I’m inspired by the way you wrote your heroes in the Amour et Chocolat series.

    I pray for your continued well-being. Blessings to you and yours.

    January 16, 2022 at 7:19 am
  • Allison Jiles
    Reply

    I’m simply happy to hear that you have found some outlets for all of your creativity. Thank you for pushing through to find help when you felt the need… I lost a dear friend to depression because she felt so hopeless. The world is a brighter place with you in it

    January 16, 2022 at 1:37 pm
  • Laura. It is so good to hear you are taking care. I think of you and your beautiful words and worlds often. I reread and your books give me such comfort. Thank you always.

    January 17, 2022 at 8:32 am
  • Deb Reisinger
    Reply

    You are not driving your colleagues crazy 😉

    January 17, 2022 at 6:24 pm
  • So glad to hear that you are taking time to rest and regenerate.

    I’m learning how to adapt to healthier slower rhythms and appreciate you sharing what you’ve been experiencing.

    Please enjoy the delicious pleasures of life 🙂

    January 18, 2022 at 12:42 am
  • Ericka B
    Reply

    Thank you for the update. I am glad you are doing better. I was worried. Keep taking care of yourself and know you have gifted us with many hours of comfort not to mention a love for fancy chocolates. Please randomly pop-in and let us know you are still around.

    January 24, 2022 at 8:21 pm

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