This weekend I was browsing lists on Amazon and Goodreads. I do that when I’m in a reading funk (none of the thousands of books in my digital library and the hundreds on my book apps are quite appealing) and I’m looking to see if I can discover an author I hadn’t heard of or hadn’t tried before. I think the genre I do this most often with is fantasy romance/fantasy with romantic elements because I’ve been reading it for so long, I’ve come to have tried or read many of the usual options.
So I was browsing lists and was reminded of a fantasy series that I’ve read several times in print, Symphony of Ages by Elizabeth Haydon. I remember when this series was released and I gobbled up each subsequent book. For those who haven’t read it, and who really love fantasy, and like some romantic elements in their fantasy, this is a wonderful series (the first book is Rhapsody). Unfortunately, as I’m reminded whenever I occasionally look it up, it’s not yet available in digital, so you have to buy it in print (or find it at your local library). But as I was looking at the list of books under Elizabeth Haydon’s author page, I realized she hadn’t published anything new for about five years and I wondered…what ever happened to Elizabeth Haydon? I did a small amount of Googling, with no real success. There’s actually a bit of a dearth of information about the author out there, though I did find an interesting interview from over a decade ago where she talked about Rhapsody and the film rights being optioned and a wonderful screenplay that was written. Too bad nothing seems to have ever come of that (though it does go to show that film options, while exciting, can quite often lead to not much).
That got me to thinking, I know there are other authors out there who’ve simply stopped writing, authors who were in the middle of series, who were beloved by their fans or who seemed to be in the midst of a writing career and then just…stopped.
You tell us, what authors do you wish were still writing, do you miss, do you wonder…what ever happened to them?