Tools Down, Armor Up: Why I'm Taking a Timeout from Writing
This photo was taken last year at my baby sister's 30th birthday. That's Melody in the middle, next to my brother who never wastes an opportunity to mess up a photo :)
This week our family received the heartbreaking news that Melody has a rare type of liver cancer. I'm supposedly good with words but, as many of you know, there are none for when what was meant to be a routine doctor's visit turns into tests, scans, procedures, and finally a devastating diagnosis.
It has become apparent over the last few days that as we navigate this season none of us ever wanted or expected that I cannot be the wife, mother, sister, daughter, aunt, granddaughter, employee, and friend I need to be and also write. I love my imaginary people but they are just that, imaginary. And my real people need all of my love, time, and energy for the foreseeable future.
So this is just to let you know that while my five existing books will continue to be available all future books are on pause indefinitely. Being an author has been an incredible privilege and seeing my books in readers' hands will forever be a dream come true. Writing has brought me so many friends, experiences, and opportunities that I will carry with me and be grateful for for the rest of my life, even if I never publish another book. Thank you for whatever role, however small, you have played in that.
We do not know where this road is going to take us but we know that our God goes before us. And we know that He is good and He loves my sister, her husband, and her kids even more than we do. So if you are the praying kind we would sure appreciate any prayers that you have to spare for Melly and her family.