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Losing Patience: Authors who are MIA

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apr 5, 2007, 12:26 pm

If I judged my favorite books by how many times I read them, Phantom by Susan Kay would be at the top of the list. A retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, it's kind of soapy, but utterly addicting.

However, it was published about 15 years ago, and went out of print about five years ago, although it's been brought back recently by a small print-on-demand publisher. (At one point a paperback copy "with a bughole" was going for $45 on Amazon. And they were selling--do a quick search and you'll find a small but obsessive following for this book.) My copy is missing 10 pages, but I still cart it along with me everytime I move; it's my comfort book (and honestly, I have those 10 pages memorized, anyway.)

Susan Kay had only written one book previous to this, Legacy, which I do have a good copy of, but my main question is, what happened to her? I've been trying to find out for about 5 years now. I wish she would write something, even a treatise on Polish economics. I would read it.

Are there any other fans of Kay that have any idea where she went? Or anyone else who has been waiting for a book from an author who has disappeared?

apr 5, 2007, 12:34 pm

Definitely Jean Auel. It's often a decade between her books.

apr 5, 2007, 1:05 pm

I once thought that Morphidae, but no more. The last few were so wretched that I am done.

But to reply to OP - I loved Phantom too, and count myself lucky that I could probably sell my hardback for food money if I get strapped. : D

A few MIA writers come to mind - David Martin the author of Tap, Tap, Lie To Me, Bring Me Children and Cul-de-sac. Gory. Sadistic. Twisted. I loved them and wish he'd write more.

J. Wallis Martin is another. Both The Bird Yard and A Likeness in Stone are decent mysteries and I'd read more if she'd write them.

Who knows...they may all be dead for all I know. I get bummed when bands I like fall apart, too.

apr 5, 2007, 6:39 pm

Not only is it impossible to find out what happened to Susan Kay, it's impossible to find out who owns the rights to Phantom anymore, as I found out when I was campaigning to get it reprinted. It still frustrates me.

Gory, sadistic, and twisted, bookmarque? I'm going to have to check this guy out.

Melanie Rawn is another lady who went missing, after writing two books of a trilogy. I hear she was ill, and is now better, so that's good. But I'm still waiting for that third book. It's been about 10 years now.

apr 5, 2007, 9:26 pm

>3 Bookmarque: Wow, I read both Bird yard and A Likeness in Stone also, wasn't Martin a screenwriter...if so, bet we could find her on IMDB...

>4 bookishy: Was that the Exiles trilogy? I didn't read it, but I was on the receiving end of alot of reader frustration over it...

apr 6, 2007, 7:15 am

5: Yep to the Melanie Rawn. The Captal's Tower is the one everyone's waiting for. I read the first two back in high school; if the third eventually comes out, I'll have to reread. I hope I still like her.

apr 7, 2007, 2:18 am

Melanie Rawn does have a new book out right now,called Spellbinder.
She'll be at the Arizona Book Festival on the 14th-I was actually thinking about asking her about it.

maj 3, 2007, 6:28 am

Stephen Donaldson seems to take an age between books.

The author who I most want to find more from is Phyllis Eisenstein who wrote Born to exile which I own and is great, and a couple of other books I haven't been able to find, some of which I've once read from the library a long time ago.

jun 18, 2007, 11:06 am

I'm eagerly awaiting a new book by Hari Kunzru. The Impressionist tops my list of contemporary favorites. I was less impressed with Transmission. It has been a few years now, and I haven't heard anything about a new book. Nothing on his website either.

Redigerat: sep 18, 2007, 3:47 pm

The first time my heart felt betrayed was when I had just read a book by Rose Estes titled, "Children Of The Dragon." When I went on a search looking for the sequel I discovered a new & harsh reality: Authors do not always follow through with their characters or you could also say, some journeys never reach their conclusion. Since then I have a list that I call Followers Of Rose Estes. These are authors for whom it has been 3 years or more since their previous installment. Not that sometimes the book doesn't get finished after an overly long wait, George R.R. Martin comes to mind. The next installment may get pushed back 4-5 times, but I do finally live to shout, "Hallelulah!" in the end, seeing my preorder reach its fruitfull conclusion.

I have been awaiting sequel on the following authors for three years or more: K.D. Wentworth, Rebecca Neason, Rebecca Locksley, L.G Bass, and Kaoru Kurimoto - just to name a few.

k.d wentworth had two books, (Moonspeaker & House Of Moons) in her series. What was strange was that for sometime the cover of what was to be the third in the series could be seen under her bio on a U.K author site online. Rebecca Neason does different TV series books: Star Trek (DS9, TNG, Voyager) and Highlander, but her only Original series which was so excellent, has not seen a sequel in 5 years. She also was two books into her series. Rebecca Locksley left me dangling after reading her first installment, The Three Sistes, just over three years ago. L.G Bass' brilliant debut, "Sign Of The Qin," has remained without a sequel just over three years as well. The paperback version was just released a few months back. I was hopeful that it meant there would be an announcement as to the next installment, but nothing has come of it. Finally (for this rant anyways) I am beyond my wits end with Kaoru Kurimoto and his "The Guin Saga" series (5 books). I am three books in when the sequel books fell off the planet. If you go to the Amazon site it shows the cover of #5 - but that it is unavailable at this time. The U.K Amazon store actually shows one copy of #4 (paperback) available for the ungodly amount of $45 (which I was willing to pay). I keep ordering it. After waiting six months they say they can't find it in their inventory and finally cancel my order. But I still see it there, so I always re-order it and we go through this over and over again. I have just ordered it from them again - my 4th time. I will keep doing it till they either send me the book or remove it as available in their inventory - thus ending my "hopeful" pain. If you go to the publisher's website they state that since they are not "English fluent," they do not take orders direct unless in Japanese. They have his books there (untranslated) sigh. I have ferquented eBay, AdALL, and others. Surely SOMEONE is done with their copy and desires to make an embarassment of riches from it?!