Hello! I have been a fan of your writing every since I was a teen. I remember reading all of your books and wishing for more, but you seemed to have stopped until the recent years. My question is, did you find it hard to get back into writing, publishing, etc? What inspired you to start writing again? I have not read your newest series; however, I know that it will be just as amazing.
In 2004, just as I had finished the last editorial revisions for The Key, I was diagnosed with advanced bone marrow cancer. I had only weeks to live. Fortunately, I had a stem-cell bone marrow transplant from my sister's perfectly matching stem cells just in time to save my life. Unfortunately, after intense chemotherapy to prepare my body for the transplant my bones became brittle, like honeycomb I was told, and I had a fall where I fractured several vertebrae low in my back and lost 7 inches in height over that following year. The transplant was a success, but the pain from the back fracture left me unable to write for several years. Getting published again was my dream and kept me going through everything. But it was difficult and took two manuscripts and eight years before my new series had an offer to publish.
What inspired me to write the Avena Series was my experience of being in hospital for six months and having these life and death events happen to me. In all that time I never stopped thinking of writing.
If you do get the chance to read my new series, Hidden, Broken and Fearless, feel free to let me know what you think.