This is a bittersweet blog post.
While I'm celebrating the launch of the final book in The Relevance Series, and to date my most successful series launch ever, (Number One New Release) I'm also officially taking an extended break from writing YA fiction to concentrate on writing contemporary romance under my new pen name.
Since I now look at my books as products and being an author, my business, a lot of my books are difficult to categorize which means I can't market my products or find the right readers to buy them.
If you follow me on Facebook, you'll know I've already taken steps to unpublish the Allegiance Series.
During my extended hiatus, I'll be focusing on revising and rebranding with a view to republish and relaunch at a later date.
Ultimately, I've decided to stop writing YA fiction because the financial strain of producing books that don't have readers is one I can't justify any longer.
You can read my blog post detailing how much money I make on average and the production costs here.
As this is likely the last blog post I make for an undetermined length of time, I want to take a moment to explain why I wrote an autistic heroine into my latest series.
My primary goal was to write a relatable character who embodied the diversity with the spectrum.
My secondary goal was to show that Autistic people function within society by learning to 'mask' or 'hide' their stimming behaviour.
As far as qualifications go as to my portrayal of neurodiversity, my son is Autistic. Much of Mallory's stimming is from watching him as he interacts with the world around him.
I also have family members and friends within the Autistic community.
To date, the feedback from Autistic readers and parents of Autistic children has ALL been positive and affirming.
Readers have been thrilled to see humming, rocking and 'stimming' represented in a positive way and to see themselves on the pages.
Those comments make it worth the stress and strain of the negativity I also had to deal with surrounding this series.
I want to thank those of you who have been with me since publishing my debut novel in August 2017.
Your encouragement has been what kept me afloat when all the criticism threatened to sink me.
Until further notice, I'll be on a 'permanent vacation'.
I'll be checking my email intermittently but after July 26th, I will no longer have an active social media presence.