TOP 5 // The Waiting Game
When you fall in love with books, you fall in love with authors.
Their words and their craft are like a drug; you need it, you crave it, you love it. It’s no wonder that when an author you love releases the news that they have a new project, Twitter goes crazy, and Goodreads immediately knocks up a page for their project that has absolutely no information whatsoever. You retweet and reblog and share as much as you can about said project until finally, it’s in your hands *que climatic film score music*.
But what happens when you read a book or two from an author and then…that’s it, they have nothing. They’re barely active on social media and they don’t do events, interviews, or blog posts. What’s going on? Are they working on something? Are they busy in the writing cave crafting your next new favourite story?
And thus you find yourself in the waiting room of book Hell. These are my top five authors who have nothing in the works, despite me desperately needing more.
Some time in 2015, Erin Morgenstern posted on Twitter and on her website that she’d be going on an indefinite social media hiatus until she ‘finished this book’. I assume this means she’s writing another one, but it’s now late-2016 and we’ve heard nothing. I know, it must be difficult writing one masterpiece of a book, and then having to go away and try and match/top it. I’ll give her time, just as long as she comes back at some point while I’m alive, because The Night Circus is one of my all time favourite novels, and I need that writing back in my life.
I think on Twitter I have become known for blabbing on about the work of Jandy Nelson. Jandy wrote I’ll Give You The Sun and The Sky Is Everywhere, two beautiful contemporaries that are both artistic and sad, but also funny and so magical. Thankfully, Jandy is super active on Twitter and loves retweeting people’s tumblr edits of her books which honestly makes my heart grow bigger. She was also part of an event with numerous authors a few months ago, but it was something that I couldn’t make because it was in London (and literally just a two hour talk, rather than something like YALC). There has been no talk of her writing anything else that I know of, but I know that if she decides to in the future, I’ll be there, promoting the shit out of it.
At the beginning of this year, I read Song of Achilles which shattered my heart in two. I very rarely read historical fiction but this one was just phenomenal. Heart-wrenching and powerful, and guess what? That’s all you’re getting. Madeline Miller knows her shit, she’s a Latin and Greek teacher and directs Shakespeare plays. Her writing is so accurate and researched that you’d be daft to try and match it. It’s why I need more, and also why I feel like I won’t be getting it any time soon.
You know, Suzanne Collins, the author of one of the biggest series in history; The Hunger Games. Yes, I’m sure she is overwhelmingly wealthy now, but that doesn’t mean you need to stop writing right?…right?! She lasted tweeted in 2013, and all news pages about her are so old that she must not even be writing anything anymore. She’s disappeared from the face of the earth. I’m not saying I want another Hunger Games novel, but more of her writing would be very, very welcome.
This one may seem daft, because Rainbow Rowell is constantly talked about, and all her books are beloved bestsellers. But I’m sorry, do you hear about any new contemporary coming out anytime soon? No. You don’t. While we recently got the lovely Kindred Spirits for World Book Day earlier this year, I’m still waiting on a fully-fledged novel a la Landline and Attachments. Or even a companion novel to Carry On, because I need Simon and Baz in my life.
Honestly, whatever Rainbow Rowell writes, I will love. She could take years or months, whatever she comes up with, I will read and give five stars.