The 2nd matter came up because of a Social Media post. As bloggers we see weird and negative posts all the time that we mostly ignore. I didn't engage, but I couldn't forget that particular rant. This particular author received lots of favors from readers. She later attacked some of these same valued fans who really cared about her, with some rude and unkind comments when they asked some simple questions. Sadly the comments continued for quite some time. I didn't get it, and scratched my head in confusion.
The final issue actually happened a while ago with a writer who had a kick ass first novel. The intensity, the nail-biting suspense, and the research had me thinking for a long time. The end of the book gave a 5 page excerpt of the next story which was to be released in about 6 months. Yay! It's 5 years later, and I'm still waiting for that second book! Even worse, there's literally no info on what in the heck happened.
Notice that no names are given here, because even though I've been disappointed, authors are people too, and sometimes things happen. We see them at the grocery store, we hear stories about their families, they get sick, and they share exercise tips. They churn out books, consistently adhering to strict deadlines, fighting writer's' block, and needing to create stories that allow us to live in other magical places. Through them, we meet Dukes, Spies, Army Rangers, Chefs, Fashion Designers, Teachers, Physicians, Firemen, Millionaires, Cowboys and more from all over the world. Some are fortunate to make a ton of money, yet many others write what they love while still working full time to make ends meet.
Even though I may feel some disappointment on occasion, I can't ever imagine life without books and writers. They are talented enough to create new worlds, and to introduce us to characters we can't wait to meet. As long as there are writers out there to tell a story, my TBR pile and bookcases will continue to grow. But how about you? Has an author ever disappointed or surprised you?
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