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.

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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!

    Vancouver, Canada

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

        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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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
  • Anne Hardy

    Thanks for the update. I re-read most of your books regularly, and have been hoping to see Antoine’s story at some point. However, like your other readers, I am willing to keep waiting while you manage your depression, your family, and your academic career. Let’s hope that 2022 isn’t 2020 (2), so we can all get out to socialize and travel more easily!

    January 27, 2022 at 9:54 am
  • Carolyn Goddard

    Hi Laura. While I’m sad for me and the books I keep re-reading and re-reading of yours because they make me so damn happy and feel like people I know and love….. I am happy and supportive your need for self care and balance. I’ve been in Grasse and Paris a lot in the last year as our pandemic drags on and I’m about to bop Antoine on the head but I’m so darn curious if he really is Damien’s half brother ….hmmmmmm and what the story is there. Paris Nights stories will also be a joy some day. I also worry that Jean-Jacques and Tante Collette will leave us soon…I hope they live to see all the family stories told.
    If there is a way to balance your immense writing talent and story telling with a sanity saving process that means you can do it fully and joyfully then of course we will all wait for you to come back to us.

    I wish you health and good spirits.

    February 1, 2022 at 11:15 pm
  • Caroline Keeler

    OHMYGOODNESS! I just sent you an email, and then came here to see how many Roses books there were, because I THOUGHT I read there were five somewhere. And SO glad to see you posted! SO MUCH MORE glad to see you standing firm on that fallow ground for your own mental health. We dig so much out of ourselves in the service to others. I just finished Matt and Layla’s story and remember seeing you in there. And, like I said in the email, yup, all your books remain my go to for comfort. I have been making hot chocolate after Magalie’s story. Like. Went overboard last time I read them, bought four bags of brilliant dark Valrhona feves, and am finally playing after reading again. It’s all about growth. Whether it’s away, or towards, it’s still growth. Keep doing it, and be well. Thank you.

    February 3, 2022 at 5:01 am
  • Leena

    So glad you have found your balance, the black fog is difficult to battle some days. I hope you are being kind to yourself and that your days are filled with joyous curiosities and wonder. I get the doomscrolling and anxiety and try to give myself space on the difficult days. My cat and books are a great solace 😊 May 2022 bring you everything need, and be better than the last few years!

    February 9, 2022 at 11:37 am
  • Cindy H

    I am glad to see the update, even without the promise of new books. It had been so long since any news at all that it felt rather worrisome.

    February 14, 2022 at 6:41 pm
  • Erica m

    I can’t tell you how much comfort and enjoyment I’ve found in your books. Beyond words. Although I would like you to write frequently, your heath and well-being are so much more important. Thank you for giving us some hope for future writing when the time is right for you.

    February 26, 2022 at 3:50 am
  • There is relief in letting go of things that don’t spark joy- even if it disappoints people (or yourself). I am so incredibly glad that you have discovered what lets you FLOURISH. You are important, Laura. Your books are lovely, but it’s YOU that matters.

    Ground that lays fallow for years and decades can always be given a rebirth in the right time and for the right reason. If it never comes back to life, that is ok too. Our lives shift and passions wax and wane. I am so glad I got to see a glimpse of you in your books and enjoyed them so thoroughly. However, most of all, I am so proud of you for recognizing your own self worth. Thank you for putting yourself out there like this. I know how incredibly hard that can be.

    Big hugs to one of my favorite authors!

    March 14, 2022 at 6:45 pm
  • Neile Graham

    As someone who took 19 years between books (of poetry) I certainly cannot criticize anyone for taking time to produce new work or for prioritizing other things (especially self-care!) above writing. I’m glad you are taking care of yourself and am happy to have your delightful books available to re-read when I need them.

    Speaking of which, I would dearly love to put a bug in your (your agent’s?) ear about looking into producing more of your books in audio format. I discovered the joys of listening to stories shortly before the pandemic and really that’s what has gotten me though. It seems more and more authors are having their backlists produced as the audiobook market grows–it’s so much bigger than it was when your first audiobooks appeared nearly 10 years ago now.

    In any case, may you and your current projects flourish! Thank you so much for the update, which I just discovered today.

    March 23, 2022 at 4:49 pm
  • Deborah Rines

    I am so glad that you are feeling better! I used to draw and paint a small painting every day and post it. After a few years, I lost my joy in drawing and painting. I dreaded coming up with an idea and felt nothing but anxiety about it. I had to stop. I like the idea that I am letting that part of me rest for now and I hope I rediscover the joy my art once held for me. Thank you for that view. I love your books and reread them often, and I’m happy to do so along with anything new if/when you feel the desire to write again. I’m so happy to hear that you’ve rediscovered the “old” you. Be well and practice self care at every opportunity!

    March 30, 2022 at 7:07 pm
  • Ola

    Take care of yourself. And yes although I’m anxiously waiting for another book from you (read and re-read them all 🙂 ) I’ll keep checking in and waiting until you’re ready. Health and family are important in those times.

    April 2, 2022 at 3:08 pm
  • Lisa K

    Hi Laura! I have checked this website several times over the past few years hoping to see something new. I was disappointed at the beginning and that turned into worry. What a wonderful surprise to look here today and to see your update! I too have depression and know how difficult it makes it to do even simple tasks. I am so glad you are finding your way out and I hope you continue feeling well and finding joy. I absolutely love your Chocolate heroes and would love to meet another one. If it turns out that there are no more please know that the books you already gave us have brought happiness to many many people and I will continue to reread them cheerfully. All the best to you.

    April 19, 2022 at 3:04 pm
  • Please take care of yourself. Nothing is more important than health, both physical and mental.
    And I have a teen too, who tries not to roll his eyes when I asked him how on earth to do those whatevers on Insta… ◡̈

    May 28, 2022 at 1:00 pm
  • Hi Laura,
    Please continue to take care of yourself. Nothing is more important than health – physical and mental.
    Think the past couple of years have taken a toll on everyone and I think even more so for writers, whom I imagine operate on a scale and timeline that the readers cannot always understand, but are always thankful as you have made life and all that it brings a little more bearable.
    Thank you!

    ps. i have a teen who tries not to do his eye-rolling whenever i ask him about the whatevers on insta because… i’m his mother. ◡̈

    May 31, 2022 at 2:38 am
  • Cass Kociak

    Dear Laura,

    I’m sorry to read of your struggle and wish you healing and happiness.

    I owe you such gratitude. Your novels kept me company during a dangerous pregnancy and a challenging first year as a new Mum, your words made me smile when sometimes I thought I never would as I battled with post natal depression.

    Thank you for all the beauty you created and the dreams you wove with your words. I too revisit your books and marvel at your gift. Perhaps the price is too high for now, and maybe like Layla you need to find your own warm rock in the sun, sip on St John’s Wort tea because it really helps when life is just too damn hard, and let a field of roses heal your soul. Sending you love x

    July 22, 2022 at 8:30 pm
  • Elaine Smith

    I’m so glad you are taking care of yourself and finding joy! Your books are wonderful, but more are not necessary if they come at the cost of your mental health. I wish you a lovely summer and all the best chocolate you can find!

    August 4, 2022 at 2:13 am
  • Kris C

    I just wanted to extend my gratitude. I’ve recently reread 2 of your chocolate stories and was instantly reminded how much I enjoyed all of your writing.

    This past year has been difficult as I lost both my parents to illness. You brought romance back into my psyche and reminded me that my precious husband may need to shown how much he is loved and appreciated. That for as wonderful and solid he has been for me, he may need to be told how perfect he is for me.

    For the remedial class in love and romance, thank you. It is a beautiful lesson to be reminded of. Your writing matters and I hope you are gentle with yourself as you nurture your muse.

    August 6, 2022 at 8:56 pm
  • Marie

    your books are still my favorite source of comfort so i can only hope that the comfort you give others will found its way back to you!! sending all the positive and healthy vibes to you xx

    November 6, 2022 at 8:43 am
  • Yvonne Nantais

    With all the joy your books have brought us, it seems too greedy to demand more! I’m so glad you found help when you needed it and are feeling yourself again. Mental health is always a challenge for many, but never more so than the last few years. I hope you continue to make it the priority, for you and for those who love you. Create in whatever way feeds your soul, and take of yourself.

    December 18, 2022 at 1:56 am

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