Stepping Away

Being in the public eye is an ongoing educational experience. One of the very first things you learn, and perhaps one of the hardest things to learn, is that when you are in the public eye, you are not expected to have any realistic human emotional responses, a religious preference or ideal, or personal problems or opinions of any kind. If your willpower is strong enough and your desire to succeed is stronger, then this is normally something you can live with.

However, no matter how strong and silent we have learned to be, there comes a breaking point for everyone. Charlie Sheen is a good example of proof to this fact. But it doesn’t take something so extreme to spell out: “I’m tired of this. Forgive me, but I have to step out for a bit.” Sometimes it’s something as small as an extended absence from online communication. Or a hiatus from publishing books. Or maybe you just don’t answer the phone.

Recently, I was video interviewed by USA Today. In that interview, I stated that there’s very little I keep from my readers. But the truth is there may be more than I let on – for reasons you can find in paragraph one of this blog post. I try to keep things to myself. Honesty tends to turn people off, and of course I don’t want that. But honesty has an intrinsic value in that it’s honest, in and of itself.

So, here is a little honesty from me, your PNR indie author, Heather Killough-Walden: I’ve reached a breaking point. Both physically and spiritually, to tell the truth. I have a broken hand, a broken back with a spondylolisthesis that terrifies me, hypothyroidism that frustrates the crap out of me, tumors and cysts that hurt like hell, and a host of other medical and personal issues that you can find mirrored in Annabelle Drake and Logan Wright and Evelynne D’Angelo and Patrick Sinclaire’s queen. To name a few. I don’t understand why the indie publishing world does what it does, why some things sell and others don’t, why my work can sometimes be located and why it also sometimes can’t, and I’m tired of feeling baffled and hair-pulling-out confused. I’m going on two and a half years of this… or is it three?

So, if you’ll excuse me, I need to step out now. I love my readers, am more grateful to them than I can adequately state, and the last thing I wish to do is upset them, alienate them, or accidentally offend them so badly that they un-friend me and never read my work again. Which isn’t hard to do, believe me.

For that reason, I will be taking a break from Facebook, Twitter, and all online communication for the remainder of the month of July – perhaps longer. In my absence, I SINCERELY HOPE THAT MY READERS WILL ANSWER EACH OTHER’S QUESTIONS, BE THERE FOR ONE ANOTHER, AND CONTINUE IN ALL OF THEIR WONDERFUL, SUPPORTIVE WAYS.

When I come back, I promise to be renewed, refreshed, and bearing gifts.
Otherwise, I won’t come back.
– Heather Killough-Walden

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94 Responses to Stepping Away

  1. Karen Groff says:

    You will be missed because you are a beautiful soul. Take all the time you need to mend yourself. We will all be here. Love and hugs. KAG

  2. Laura Bubley says:

    Thanks for all you do, enjoy your time off, know you will be missed. I hope you get the rejuvenation you’re looking for. We will be here when you come back!!

  3. april canavan says:

    Don’t ever compromise who you are. If you lose some readers, they weren’t fans in the first place. You do what you need to do and your fans will be here for you when/if you do come back. <3- a loving fan (not just a reader)

  4. Meredith says:

    Be well Heather….. I hope you find yourself and the peace you are looking for.
    Praying for you.

  5. Staci aka Patches says:

    Take all the time u need. Get your mental state where u want to be. Hugssssssss
    Just so you know I would rather know that you are human like myself, then think your life is all peachy and that nothing of this world touches you. A few Authors do tell us what they have gone through and are going through, to me this puts them in the real world and makes it easier to talk to them and read their work. Don’t ever pretend you are someone you are not.

  6. Crystal W Smith says:

    Hi Heather,
    I am a new fan of yours and love your work. I do hope you come back renewed and refreshed and hope all does go well for you. I personally do understand that there is definitely a breaking point and a time that some personal time is needed in order to search out certain answers for specific things. Please do not feel that ALL of your fans will alienate you or hate you because you need some personal time. I, for one will definitely be here (eagerly waiting :)) to hear how about your personal journey (if you feel like sharing of course).
    Sending prayers and thoughts,
    An instant fan, Crystal Smith

  7. Natalie Hirschfield says:

    True fans of yours will understand. You do what you need to do mate. Take care of yourself. xoxoxo.

  8. Donna says:

    Your loyal readers can and will wait for your return. I hope that the break lifts your spirits and refreshes your mind, soul and body. We will miss you every minute you are gone but understand the need for some time away. Be well

  9. Laura Smith says:

    I absolutely love your books and have cherished “knowing” you via Facebook. I completely understand why you are (hopefully) temporarily leaving, but know you will sincerely be missed!

  10. anita clay says:

    Heather, please take whatever time you need to find your peace again. You will be of no benefit to your family, friends and your readers if you are not whole and happy. I will be here when you get back, when you get back. I wish more people would stand up and take the action you are now taking. Some people did not and they are no longer with us, in one way or another.
    I will keep you in my prayers. Please take care.

  11. Sharon Bennett says:

    We will miss you but look after yourself and the family. I personally hope that this is only temporary. Take if not. I will still hear you in your books

  12. Debra says:


    You do what you have to do for you. Those of us who love your books, will be here waiting for you.

    Everyone needs a break every now and then.

    Just take care of yourself.


  13. Heather S. says:

    As much as we all love to hear from you, we know that you are only human. Everyone needs a break now and then and it sounds like your break is way past due. Enjoy your time away, let yourself heal and know that your readers will be right here whenever you are able to get back to us!

  14. angie o says:

    You will be missed and thought of often. Take care of yourself Heather and let your readers know if they can help in any way. -angie

  15. Kim says:

    Glad you are taking care of you. Women so often put themselves last and burn out. Unplug, recharge & refresh. It will do you wonders. I’ll be here waiting. No problems, no worries. I’m sure all your fans feel the same. We all support you! hugs & <3

  16. Tracie Runge says:

    Hi Heather
    Take all the time you need and take care of you. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in what’s outside of us we neglect the inside of us. Be good to you and know we will all be here to support always and when your ready to comeback we will be here or you.

    take care x


  17. Morgan K. says:

    Please take as much time as you need. We love you!

  18. Katie Dunlap says:

    I completely understand your decision and I hope your “vacation” helps you find what you need to keep going. You’re an amazing author, and furthermore an even better person. I’m sorry there are close-minded people, and that the websites don’t keep up as they should.

    I hope your health improves! I don’t blame you for being scared about your back. My back is not anywhere near as bad, but I do understand the pain. On the worst of days there’s no position that helps, nor is comfortable.

    Don’t worry about your readers. We’re loyal, and we all love you.

    Thank you for all you’ve done and all that you do. And thank you for painting my world with lovely stories and beautiful men. 😉

  19. Cailey Walker says:

    I truely fell in love with your books and then to find out you were a real person that communicated on fb.. I fell even harder as a fan and friend!! I know I’m not the only one that will continue to rave, follow, an recommend you and your books! We all love you! Enjoy your rest and take care of yourself!!

  20. Kathleen H says:

    It is an absolute pleasure to know you through facebook and I absolutely treasure your work and the time and effort you put in for your readers. I will miss seeing your posts, but you must make yourself come first especially when it comes to health matters. I suffer a chronic illness as well and have learned the hard way that in order to move forward or to just carry on I need to put myself ahead of others and even commitments at times. You take all the time you need and focus on yourself and your recovery. Your readers will still be here for you when you return and if there not, at the end of the day it’s their loss for they will miss out on the wonderful work you do to make their lives that little bit brighter. Take care. xo

  21. Katelin says:

    I’m sure your readers will understand Heather. I will miss you on facebook but will be waiting and there when you return. You have to take care of yourself first and foremost. Hang in there, heal and come back when you are ready.

  22. Jennifer Newell says:

    I wish you well and hope you find the peace and well-being that you need. I will always be a fan and will continue to read your books no matter what. I commend you for putting yourself out there (on Facebook & Twitter). It is an honor to have been able to communicate with you and to get to know you a bit. Thank you. 🙂

  23. Sara O'Toole says:

    Im with all the comments above. You will be dearly missed and I do hope your absense is temporary. My main reason for opening Facebook everyday is to snoop at your pages, to see what is going on.
    Thankyou again for all that you have given me, as I have told you before I am a stay at home mum and Love your books and that through your writing they allow me to leave my world for some fun adventure and thrills. lol
    I wish you all the best and a speedy recovery.
    Do know that you deserve only good things and your loyal readers will be waiting for your return and many more reads.

    Take Care

  24. Sarah Hamilton says:

    You are a wonderful person Heather, never forget that. We will be here when you are ready to return. Thank you for everything you have done for your fans, you are only one of very few who reply to every single one of us, treat us all with respect and kindness and we love you for it. You are entitled to all emotions and just because you are in the public eye I don’t believe that makes you any less to them, your human just like us!! …if that makes sense lol. Take care, we love you heaps xoxoxox P.S Don’t EVER change who you are, we love you as you and nothing else matters =)

  25. Meghan says:

    Good for you! Take care of yourself and do what’s right for you and your family 🙂

  26. Liza says:

    Everyone deserves some time for themselves! Whether you’re Joe Schmoe or an awesome indie author you have to take care of yourself first and foremost. We’ll all be here waiting for your return!

    Your books were such an awesome accidental find! Now I am addicted and recommending you to all my reading friends! Take care of yourself!

  27. Polly says:

    Please take care of yourself my dear. You will be missed, but I do understand. You need time for yourself and your family. Rest, and heal.

    We love you.
    I am just starting Messenger’s Angel. I will post on Goodreads for you by the end of the week. {{{{{}}}}}

  28. Helen Quaisi says:

    Oh-lovely lady! If I didn’t have kids I would move in with you and be you’re bitch -anything you needed! Lol The most important thing we do in our lives is take care of ourselves so that we may have a life worth living. I am a fan till the end… Best Wishes Always.

  29. Maxine says:

    Heather as someone who suffers from the same back problem as you as I literally feel your pain!! I hope you do come back relaxed, refreshed arnd renewed. And if you do come beating gifts (in the form of the next kings book please) I will still be a loyal fan. If not I will still be a fan and friend if you.

  30. Maxine says:

    Heather as someone who suffers from the same back problem as you as I literally feel your pain!! I hope you do come back relaxed, refreshed arnd renewed. And if you do come beating gifts (in the form of the next kings book please) I will still be a loyal fan. If not I will still be a fan and friend of yours.

  31. beth says:

    Your health is more important than anything. Take care of yourself & the rest will fall in place. You are in my thoughts & prayers. I will always be a fan. Enjoy your break.

  32. Kristin S. says:

    Hey Heather,
    Take all the time you need to recuperate and find some peace in the crazy roller coaster called life. Through the ups and downs of said roller coaster know that your fans will support you and even hitch a ride themselves. We all need a little brake from time to time, no one is going to be mad at you for saying you reached your breaking point and you just need a vacation from everything. True fans will remain your friends. Get better Heather. In the meantime I’ll just reacquaint myself with your sexy and delicious male characters. 😉 Love you Heather!

  33. Renee bi.gham says:

    I truly enjoy all yourof work andfor hope all the best for you and healing of all your hurts and sickness. I hope you come back renewed and refreshed. You are a special person and you bring joy into the world. You give inspiration to those who have the privilege of reading your work. Thank you. you for all you do+

  34. Michelle Green says:

    Heather I just found your work and I love it, you will always have a loyal reader in me. But your health and personal life are something you need as well, so thank you for the heads up and I look forward when you come back. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. XOXO

  35. Angela A says:

    You will be greatly missed, but you take as much time as needed to get you back to where you want to be and we will be waiting right here for you when you come back. I will continue to praise your work and read what I have of it and pray for your speedy recovery. Love a true fan of you. Angie.

  36. Heather,
    I think it’s great you are taking care of yourself. I decided today to take two trips in the next three months–I could feel myself getting overwhelmed with it all.
    But your health issues…I am so very sorry to hear about that and I wish you well. If there’s anything I can do to help, please don’t hesitate to email me. 🙂

  37. Sheela D says:

    I have to say that I’ve enjoyed being able to communicate with YOU and I’m so sorry people are so rude and negative. You will be missed!

  38. RO says:

    My best to you. Take care and know that you have and will continue to make many, many people happy with your writing.

  39. Dawn Moreno says:

    Dearest Heather,
    First, I’m glad to see you doing what you need to do in order to take care of yourself. Funny little tidbit about me- I am breaking into a new field where if you piss people off, it’s a bad idea. I’ve been told that due to my outspoken nature, I won’t get work. The truth is that I won’t get “some” work, but I will get work because I intend to be good at what I do. I view it like this- people like me or don’t.

    As an incredibly talented author, my advice would be NOT to get too close to your readers and fans. One reason is that it could cloud your creative process. For example, say some think the second book in Vampire, Vampire was offensive. You decide that you don’t want to risk offending anyone and change your writing, but then you lose sight of your inner Heather and penalize those of us who think you are pretty amazing.

    My advice- write when you want to. Write what feels right to to you. Let the chips fall where they may. Also, you are so very sweet, and tend toward trying to please everyone. Honestly, to hell with that, Heather. Do your Heather thing, let your inner Heather shine through your writing, and let the chips fall where they may. Honestly, I would not let your readers know about your politics, religion, are any other personal aspect of your life. You are so open, honest, communicative, and creative that, I believe, you’ve opened yourself to hurt and pain from some people.

    One last thought on FB, I swear to God, I feel like some people use the friend/unfriend feature as their sole source of power in their life. It’s rather amusing after you separate yourself from it and look at it objectively.

    About your health issues, I teach MT and that issue your fighting w/ your back is very painful and real serious. PLEASE take care of your inner and outer Heather first. Fill your inner cup again and come back to us. I would advise having boundaries of how “close” you get to your fans. You are really very talented. Getting too close could affect your creative process.

    Best wishes to you and a big-ass hug from me.


    Dawn Moreno

  40. Brittany says:

    Oh, Heather : ( I just don’t even know what to say… My heart hurts for you so much right now. You take all the time you need to rest, get well and find some solace/relief. Work on you, hug your family and get healthy. We will ALL be here waiting when you’re ready. No one expects anything from you but to take care of YOU. We love you. You are a FANTASTIC writer and phenomenal woman and friend. Please don’t let the bad stuff get you down, you’re too strong for that : ) All my love, Brittany <3

  41. Julissa T. says:

    Dear Heather,
    Take all the time you need, we understand and wee are here for you and always will. We know that you still human 😉 and like all of us need your personal space to charge your batteries and keep with the wonderful work that you doing. Please take care yourself, relax, enjoy your beautiful family. We will miss you and await anxious for your return and while we wait we will enjoying your wonderful books. You are a wonderful, brilliant, beautiful talented person and for you the sky is the limit. Be happy 😉 WE LOVE YOU!!
    P. S. Don’t worry we will take care each other 🙂 just get well soon and enjoy life…xoxoxo

  42. Tami Peterson says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you! Take all the time you need. I can only speak for myself, although I am sure MANY agree, I WILL be here as an ever loyal fan when you return. I wish you the best and hope tht this time away does all you hope it will, both physically and spiritually!
    Much Love Always!
    Tami Peterson

  43. June M says:

    I will be here when you get back.
    A real fan

  44. charlene says:

    Wow u mean your human lol! Of course u r that is one of the main reasons I love your work. Just like the rest of us u have many sides, u r wife, mother, friend, daughter and mentor (and I am sure many other things to a lot of people). My point is we all need a reality check/break sometimes and when in the public eye I think it is needed more than not. I love that since we have become friends on fb when I read your books I have a totally new perspective because I feel like I know u somewhat. When u refer to things in your books that u may have said or commented on it makes me smile and say “she is a real person not just someone
    hiding behind some words ina page.

  45. Shelby Forbes says:

    It takes tremendous courage to make the difficult decision to step away from everthing and focus on yourself. We’ve all done it… be it a break from a friendship, or loved one or a difficult situation. There is definitely no shame in it. Take the personal time to reflect, heal and rejuvinate. You’ve more than earned it! Those you call friends and faithful readers will still be here when you return – and those that aren’t
    Well… then they were never here for the right reasons anyway!

  46. Stephanne Cox says:

    I completely understand. Everybody needs a break to catch there breath. I hope that you are able to get the rest that you deserve 🙂

  47. Carol cjsweetness says:

    Please take all the time you need for yourself. You have such a gift that you share with us, it enables me to escape from my worries, problems, and not so perfect life and into the worlds you create. I can see that that takes a lot from a person and coupled with physical problems and the heartless asses that exist online it can be too much. Thank you so much for all that you do, please never doubt your talent or that your words have such value to others. I will miss you but please find me when you come back. In the meantime I will have your books as comfort. Take care!!!

  48. Crystal says:

    Heather you take all the time you need we all understand that you need some time to recoup and heal. I will be looking frequently to your facebook page even if your not there to brighten it up because your right when you say you have some of the best fans ever and I look forward to seeing what they have to say and posting a few tidbits myself I am sure. In the mean time you get better. Drink some of your favorite coffee, spend a day smiling and laughing with your family and just enjoy the little things and the people important to you so you can heal both your body and your spirit. You have no need to worry about losing this reader I am hooked permenately so dont fret and get well.

  49. Sam Nicholson says:

    Hi heather
    You will be missed greatly but u need to look after yourself first and foremost real fans will be here when you return. Hope you feel better and hope you come back feeling refreshed. Will miss you lots and hope you take aslong as you need to do what’s needed. Love you and your work
    A huge fan and reader

  50. Tamara says:

    We love you Heather always and forever! We completely understand and respect your need. Come back to us brand new and full of sparkling ideas.

  51. Margaret O'Connor says:

    I have only just found your books and I love them. So take all the time you need and be well.

  52. Emma Stevens says:

    I really hope you feel better soon Heather! Take care x

  53. Stephanie Bailey-Minton says:

    Completely understandable and if it isn’t then too bad. You have to take care of yourself first, no one else comes before you (well hot husbands and children do). I’m sorry to hear about all the health issues that’s hitting you, hope you are on the mend.
    My husbands sage advise to me: Worry about the things you have control of but let go of the worry you have for things beyond your control. In my words, tell everyone to fuck off and die if they piss you off! Hope you can get a break, and truly relax knowing all your followers will still be here. (like me)

  54. Ann-Elizabeth Rae says:

    Heather, take as much as time as you need. You won’t lose any fans so don’t worry about that. People are fans because they love your work, and they will never forget you. I recently finished Vampire Vampire and posted a review on Amazon as I loved it. You cant please everyone, so please yourself. We all give send you lots of hugs and cuddles and as much love as you can take. Take care of yourself and your family.
    I also have a plethora of health issues, and occasionally reach breaking point, where all I want to do is sit in a corner hitting my head off the wall, sobbing my heart out. I totally agree with all the other fans, take as much time as you need, come back refreshed, and keep on being you.
    AE xxx

  55. Elaina says:

    You do what you have to, hon! We understand. x0x0

  56. Shari says:

    Do what you need to do to be well!!! Thank you for all that you have given of yourself in your books!

  57. Donna j says:

    So sorry. Feel better. I will miss you. Luckily you have left me with lots of pictures to get me through July.

  58. Shelley says:

    Hi Heather,
    You are one of the most dedicated, accessible, and beautiful (inside and out) people that I know. Thank you.

    Take all the time you need for your mind, body, and soul. Just as you’ve been there for my ‘escapes’, I will stand by you. 🙂

    Feel better!

  59. Gloria Brown says:

    Heather i was very sad to hear abt you being so broken it broke my heart. You should take as long as you need to put yourself back together. It would be a great disservice if we your fans cant give you the time you need to recoop yourself and just wait for you to come back to us. You just so happen to be just as human as the rest of us lol. Get some rest spend time with family have some laughs and breathe. We will still be here when you get back patiently waiting. Take care. Hugs and Kisses

  60. Amyra says:

    We’ll miss you, but we also understand you ^^ take a break, you have earned the right to do so. We’ll be waiting for you.

  61. amanda crookes says:


    Rest and heal and know that you are an amazing writer and know that this fan will wait till you are feeling stronger sending love and prays xxx

  62. Aneile says:

    Heather, Everyone needs a break sometimes, and yours is even more deserved because of your health mentally and physically. Kudos to you for being in the public eye, that, in of itself, is amazing to me personally. You are a brave soul in my opinion for that alone because of how little privacy public people seem to get. Thank you for putting everything that you are into your writing, it comes through very strongly for this reader and I look forward to anything that you will be putting out in the future after your much need time off. Enjoy and remember to relax and breath while you are “away”, and not worry about all us followers. I’m one fan that will be here when you get back. Thank you.

  63. Sue Grainger says:

    Heather, it’s hard to know what to say when faced with something like this. Some of the things you’ve mentioned in this post about your physical struggles and the pressures you face as an indie writer have struck a chord with me and I sincerely hope that you’ll find that ‘stepping away’ for a while will heal you where you need it most. – You are a talented author and possess an enthusiasm for your craft that would raise a smile from anyone who has a ‘passion’ in their life. It’s something that needs to be recognised, set free and nurtured. So, I wish you good health, I wish you joy and I wish you continued success… simply because it’s what you deserve. Take care of yourself! – Love from a fairly new, but nonetheless concerned fan and on-line friend.

  64. Anita Brunson says:

    Heather, you have to do what you need to do for you to be in a healthy space. If you lose some readers than that’s ok b/c they were not true HWK fans. Just get well mentally and physical so you can be ok. Always a true fan. Anita Brunson aka Bookgirl55

  65. gemma says:

    Take care of yourself Heather, sometimes you need to be selfish!! Everyone deserves the opportunity to be selfish no matter who you are! Enjoy your break, let both your mind and body heal!! We will all still be here when you return cause we all think you’re fab!!

  66. Giancarlo says:

    For a lot of us, the most important thing in life, is family. If ever a time to relive old bonds and ignite hidden flames beyond the family nucleus to which you are accustomed, you know where to go… Good luck! 🙂

  67. Emilia says:

    You are a wonderful writer and person! Everyone needs time to themselves to refresh and be well. Please take all the time necessary I am a true fan and will be here when you return as I’m sure many others will as well. And if by chance you lost someone than good riddens. Your health and sanity come first and all should understand. I absolutely adore you and your work! Please relax and be well soon! See you when you get back!!

    P.s just finished Vampire, Vampire and left my review. Absolutely awesome!

    Xoxo Emilia

  68. Cherie says:

    We will be here waiting whether or not you have gifts. You know we love you. Take care hun!

  69. Jody Meyer says:

    Sometimes you have to put you first. Take care. Hope you feel better soon. We’ll be here waiting until you do. Jody

  70. Eve says:

    Heather, take care of yourself. It’s the most important thing you can do right now for yourself and your family. –E

  71. Karen Bryant Doering says:

    Take care of yourself, Heather. You’re health and happiness must come first. Karen

  72. Robin says:

    As you well know, sometimes you must take care of you. Just know that I have and will always enjoy your books, ALL OF THEM! Remember should want to discuss the Pens, I am here for you. Let’s Go Pens! Hugs!

    Your devoted Pittsburgh fan!

  73. Christine says:

    As a cancer survivor I understand now how we need to listen to our bodies and take some time to renew ourselves, give to our husbands and children the time they need and deserve and put our lives in perspective . I wish you the best and hope this time off heals you physically, emotionally and spiritually.

    All the best to you and your family!


    Ps. I agree being honest isn’t always the easiest thing, it always comes back to bite us. But it you can get up and look at yourself in mirror in the morning, then know you have done and said the right thing. xoxo

  74. Kathy says:

    You have a wonderful way of crafting a story; your characters portray feeling and depth, and I feel like I personally know these individuals by the time I am finished with one of your written works. I find such genuine personality, human traits and trials in the people who dwell within the pages—truth be told I like some of them more than the ‘real’ people I know. You capture places and events and mesmerize with your stories so much so, that many of your readers finish a book in one setting! (Guilty!) All this feeling and depth of spirit has to come from within. You write what you know. A good writer may be able to make a passing statement or a description about feelings, but a great storyteller and experienced writer can take you to the places and introduce you to these characters as family. The devil is in the detail. Heather, never do I find devils–your details are impeccable.
    As for going off the grid—I can wholly relate…I also have most of those conditions you described, and I can truly feel your pain. I also know how difficult it is sometimes to make it day to day. As any living creature needs a little respite now and then, you have proved yourself more than worthy and thoroughly deserving of rest and relaxation; recharge and renew, stop and smell the roses—take time for yourself and for your family. We will all be waiting for you when you get back. Love and prayers go to you and your family for the sacrifices you and they have made in your journey. Please take time for yourself.

  75. Stephanie says:

    I am so sorry to hear about all that you are going through. Hopefully seeing all of the responses to this post when you return will help remind you that there are more people who care, respect and understand you than you realized. Please take care of yourself and know that once you return all of your Loyal Fans will still be here. Thank you for all of the great stories that you have brought to my life. I have read almost all of your books and enjoyed each one! We Love You!

  76. Tonya Ramey says:


  77. Helen says:

    Hope this time off will help you – all the best.

  78. Violet says:

    You are an amazing, strong and beautiful person. Your work is amazing and I truly believe that the only people who don’t like your work are people who can’t face the honest way you portray your characters- shades of grey rather than black and white. I personally enjoy the sometimes jarring honesty of having characters who can be seen either as hero or villain depending on your perspective. It shows the true nature of humanity rather than the idealistic view so often seen in the mainstream. People can be cruel, especially in this age of anonymity on the internet but I sincerely hope that you never change because of them.
    I hope your time off is peaceful and restorative, body and soul. As I’ve seen on various social media websites, you’ve inspired a very devoted group of fans (myself included!) and we will be here for you when you return, anxiously awaiting your next brilliant piece of work and the pleasure of interacting with you. ♥

  79. you take as much time as you need heather, i for one will not stop reading your books and am anticipation finding more of your wonders. if and when you do come back online i will be waiting here on Facebook to say a simple.hi.

  80. Kayla Marie says:

    Oh Heather, please take all the time you need!!! I love you, your fans love you, friends and family love you!! You have so many people supporting you and have your back!! Do what you have to do for yourself. We all understand!! Sending positive thoughts your way!! Xoxo!!

  81. Aileen says:

    I completely understand as I myself tend to “disappear” on occasion with nary a word or explanation. Those who know and love me understand and will always be there when I return… I will be there when and if you do. Take care of yourself. You are in my prayers.

  82. Sara Branson says:

    I am simply a recent fan–I don’t know you nor would I ever pretend to. However, I will offer some unsolicited advice. At the end of the day, what you do with your writing, what I do in my career, what we all do–it is a job. And in the grand scheme we call life, NO job, no matter how much passion is attached to it, is worth your health and well being. There is only one you, and as much as I would HATE for there not to be 13 king’s stories told, or for all four Archangels not to find their archesses, I would hate it more if giving us those fabulous stories cost you your health and well being. You don’t owe us anything–the stories and insights and willingness to communicate with your fanbase is a GIFT, and yours to give as you see fit. So please take this time–and take all that you need to be whole when you return–mind, body and soul. Thank you for all you have already given us–I wish you the rejuvenation and restoration of your joie de vive you so richly deserve!!

  83. Patricia Cossyleon says:


    Real fans know that you are a real person and we wish you a speedy recovery not for our sack but for your own well being. Take all the time you need and take care of your self and your family because we can wait as long as we have too as long as you get better.

    Best wishes

    Patricia Cossyleon

  84. Peggy says:

    You need to take care of yourself before you can take care of others. You will be missed but you are loved alot and we all understand .
    Many ((HUGS)) and hope to see you back soon .

  85. Jacqueline Hardy says:

    Oh Heather I truly feel for you. I hope you find some peace while escaping social media for a while. I, most like a lot of your readers find our escape in your books.

    Sending you gentle hugs and best wishes xxx <3 xxx

  86. Gi Costa says:

    Take all the time you need. We love you and will be right here waiting for your return.
    Gi xx

  87. Heather A says:

    Heather, You please do what you need to to get yourself healthy. That is more important than any GREAT book that you could write for us. We would NEVER want you to jepordize that. Please, enjoy your break and take care of yourself. You will be missed, loved and in all of our prayers!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  88. Angela Blair says:

    Hang in there Heather, we will all be patiently waiting for your return whenever YOU are ready!


  89. Roberta Stein says:

    It is hard to give yourself permission to stop, but I’m glad you did. If we do not take the time to recharge, get healthy, and rest, the life we choose never is at it’s best. Reclaim yourself! We will be here for you when you are ready. We all love you.

  90. Donna says:

    Heather, big squeeze hun. Love ya & c u soon……..your eternal giddy fan always……me xx LOL D xxx

  91. Jessica says:

    We all need to go to our HAPPY PLACE every once in a while. Do what you need to do for the sake of your mind, body and soul. We support you 100%!

  92. Ann-Elizabeth Rae says:

    Just wanted to add a wee note, I meant to add it in the above comment and somehow missed it. I am sure all other readers will agree with me that reading is a passion, however I also use it as an escape. When the world gets too loud, or my life gets too hard, there are too many questions with either difficult or no answers, I always retreat to a book to lose myself, to become a character, hero or heroine. Somewhere you are in charge and control, and that is what your books Heather bring to us all. That escape from reality, where we are all 6foot Amazons with voluptuous bodies, a sassy attitude, a 6 pack, or whatever that particular character needs. In any walk of life there will always be someone who isn’t happy or satisfied with what they’ve got, or even if they are they invent something to moan about as that is after all what makes them happy. It is hard as a creative person to try and not take criticism to heart, but take heart from all your loyal dedicated readers, we are all still here for you and will continue buying books as long as you continue to write them. Even if you decided in a massive career change, and were going to, say run for President, we would still have all your books already written to fall back on and read at our leisure. I think I have all your books, and can happily go back and read them over and over again, although I am a stickler for reading them in series order!!!! The OCD peeps out :-)) So take heart Heather, and take care of yourself and we all send healing hugs, so that your writing hand gets better quicker, but we will wait patiently, hope to speak to you soon.AExx

  93. Jessica says:

    You are loved, will be missed and we will wait. hugs : )

  94. Jessica says:

    Heather I just want you to know I admire your honesty! No one (unless they’ve been there) knows what your going through! You are so extremely FANTASTIC and PASSIONATE with both your work and fans!! You take all the time you need and know we will be waiting for you when your ready to come back! Much love!!! Xoxo