Hitting the Delete Key…

106973b54e5a84f09a04a0aa2113052af4b7af31b7f43ce1905a04183303e5fdIt’s not an easy thing to do, but sometimes a writer just has to do it – hit the delete key with confidence, knowing that what you can write to fill the space, will be so much better (I hope lol).

As you all know I have been having some problems lately. Because I write from my heart, it makes sense that when that heart takes a battering, my writing goes down the toilet. And this is what has happened with Book 6 of the Cloverleah Pack – Fae For All.  I sat down to write again today, but before I added a single word, I went back and reread what I had done so far.  It’s something I do most days, so that in itself wasn’t unusual.

What was unusual was that I didn’t feel that spark -that little zing inside of me that let me know my characters were on the right track, that the story had fire and passion and the sweet love that pervades all of my books. It was….wrong.  Jax was snarling at me (and yes that is a hot picture in my mind but it wasn’t what I was looking for).  Aelfric and Fafnir were just plain pissed off, and the other men in Cloverleah were standing around looking at me as if to say “What the hell were you thinking?” – in other words the story wasn’t working.

I had a similar problem when I wrote Calming the Enforcer (Book 4).  I had just found out my marriage was over, and no matter how hard I tried to push through it, I still get people emailing me today and letting me know that Troy and Anton’s story really wasn’t my best work.  And I can’t blame them, because it wasn’t.  It was an okay story.  The two men had problems, they eventually got it sorted, but even now when I reread it, I cringe in places. That story had the potential to be so much more and I was too wrapped up in the real world to see it at the time.

My readers are really important to me – really, really, really important to me, and I don’t do any one of you any favors by putting out books that are not 100% the best I can do on the day.  So Fae For All is going under the delete key and I am going to start again – with a lighter heart, a more positive frame of mind and this time reflecting the love I have for these characters, instead of the crap that is wallowing around in my personal life.

The book may be delayed a little bit.  Some people might get upset about that and say that my books aren’t worth the wait.  But when Fae For All is finished (and it will be), I want my readers to know that it is the best story I could ever come up with for three awesome characters who deserve all the love I do still have inside.  Just like you do.

Have an awesome day 🙂

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40 responses to Hitting the Delete Key…

  1. Jane C

    And your readers will wait patiently for you to be happy with what you are writing! We know it will be worth waiting fo.
    Jane x

  2. Karen Berzins

    I love all your books. I am happy to wait until such a time that you feel that the book will be the best. I enjoyed book 4 Troy and Anton story. Was it the best in the series. No but it still was a great book. I am sorry to hear that your personal life is at at low. I have been trying to get a divorce for about 17 months now. Life is all all about the ups and downs. It is what helps us grow as a person. I will keep my fingers crossed that things start to look up and you will find the right words for the next book in the series. I love your work and plan to keep reading your books. As soon as I can afford it I plan on getting your Bound and Bonded series. I am sure I will love them too. Treat yourself to a spa day and just enjoy life. YOU ROCK…… (-:

  3. Lisao79

    Thank you Ladies, that means so much to me 🙂

  4. Eydie Gellins

    I’m sorry to hear about your personal problems also! Just know that when Fae For All is ready there are quite a lot of us that will be ready to hit the “click to purchase” button. I agree with Jane C. I know it will be worth waiting for!

  5. Caligirl

    Ms. Lisa, you take all the time you need to make this book the best it can be. We will be waiting with bated breath.

  6. Kerry

    I love all your books I hope you are in a better and happier place if not it will come in time spent time doing things you love

  7. Patricia

    I’m so sorry 2hear about yr personal problems. Take yr time and go at the pace u r happy with. I love all yr books and I did enjoy anton and troy’s story. U will come back even stronger. Xxx

  8. Rebecca E.

    Look at how successful you’ve been without him!! I mean, come on, you have what three…no FOUR series in only a couple of years and your releasing something almost every month. Four series, that I know are causing faithful readers to stalk your Facebook page because we just need MORE. That being said, I know your kind of floundering right now, but you have a wonderful family whether it be at home, in your books or online, who all care what is happening. TAKE A BREAK. Do something that YOU want to do. I have said it before and I’m gonna say it again. You should be extremely proud of what you have done. It is not easy when life and work collide. As much as we want Jax and the Fae Princes, we are going to want more of the others too. We can’t have that if you burn yourself out.

    • Rebecca E.

      P.S.-That last sentence makes it sound like all I care about are the books. I hope you know that’s not the case!

  9. Amy

    We are rooting for you! I love the series and think all the books are spectacular. I will be waiting for your continued genius. I will always be waiting for more no matter how long it takes. 🙂 Keep pushing forward!

  10. Amy

    We are all rooting for you! I love this series and think every book is spectacular in its own way. I will be patiently waiting for your continued genius. We will all be here when it finally comes and we will love it as we always do. Keep pushing forward!

  11. Lisao79

    You are all really amazing and thank you 🙂 I know getting burned out is not a good idea and I am taking care of myself. I still believe in the love I write about, even if I don’t have it in my own life. And the support I see on these and my Facebook page helps remind me I am on the right track. Thank you all and have an awesome day 🙂 Lisa

  12. Denise Dechene

    I agree with everyone here. YOU have to come first. Your fans will be here when you write and put out what you are happy with. Hugs and positive thoughts

  13. Dieann

    I totally understand. Luv ur work. I will wait. Will u be incorporating in book six, that Max is still very much in like with the omega bc I would like to know why he is running from his mates. Dont worry it will flow and I know it will be awesome.

    Until next time.

    Devoted fan


  14. Lisao79

    Thank you all again – I seem to be saying that a lot lately, but it is totally true – I am thankful I have people like you who always seem to know the right thing to bring out the sun in my life again 🙂

    @Dieann – Jax has got a bit of troubled history of his own, and a lot of secrets that he is going to have to share in this book otherwise his HEA will elude him – and you know I can’t let that happen 🙂


  15. Denise Dechene

    Hey Lisa hope you are doing well. Just a stop to say hi. Was thinking of you today. Hugs

    • Lisao79

      Hi Denise, I am well thank you for thinking of me. Had some crazy stuff going on in my head the past week, but I am coming right and getting the urge to write all the harder because of it 🙂 Have a great day. Hugs

      • Caligirl

        why are you not sleeping Ms. Lisa? Any news on what you plan on doing with the guy at the top yet?

        • Lisao79

          Hi Caligirl, you know me lol, heads still a bit of a mess, but I am working on Jax’s book and trying to stay focused with that at the moment. The guy at the top will get his story 🙂

  16. Elvira Jefferson

    I’m sorry to hear about your personal problems and hope that everything will work out for you I absolutely love your books I know all of your loyal readers will wait no matter how long it takes and can’t wait for your next books to come out as a reader we may not say it enough but thank you for all the hard work you do too get these wonderful books out to your loyal readers take care of your self Lisa and I hope everything works out for you

    • Lisao79

      Thank you Elvira, things are coming right and my books may be later than expected but I take so much joy in writing them I am not going to stop 🙂 Have an awesome day

  17. Lucile Hester

    I dropped by your site to find out your schedule, and ended up thoroughly enjoying your posts. As others have stated, I will happily wait for upcoming books; Taking care of yourself first is most important. Your books have provided a welcome escape when my own days have been cloudy. Thanks!

  18. Nancy

    I love all your books and will wait as long as I have too for them.

    • Lisao79

      Thank you Nancy, the way things are going it will be about three weeks until Fae For All is released. Have an awesome day.

  19. rek

    Came here tonight to find out what was happening to Jax, just finished re-reading my Cloverleah books and saw that book six should be out (based on the blurb at the end of book five). I hope you are doing well (somewhat for selfish reasons, I admit) and that your characters are behaving themselves for you. I for one appreciate the use of the delete button of an author – it must be hard to use, I can’t write myself, but do the occasional knitting and such, and unraveling is SO hard, even if you know you will never be happy with the finished piece if you don’t go back to where it started going wrong and re-do it – so, best of luck and flying fingers, and there will only be a smidge of impatience, maybe just prolonged anticipation, for the finished book, done to your satisfaction, not on an useless time frame.

    • Lisao79

      Hi there, thank you for understanding – it’s almost there, should be out by the end of the week – the guys have finally got themselves together and almost sorted – yep the delete key has been my friend on more than one occasion, but I won’t publish a book I am not happy with. Have a great day 🙂