Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Most often asked question - "When is your next book coming out?" Want the answer?

I've been asked a lot lately when my next book is coming out. I need to answer that with a somewhat lengthy explanation. There has been a lot going on with our family. And when I say a lot, I don't mean a lot, I mean A LOT!!!!!! I don't mean to sound a like a drama queen, but our family has been slammed with stuff, both fabulous and heart wrenching. I realize that you, as my friends and family and fans, deserve an answer to the oft-asked question. So, here is my attempt to answer the question. I'll start with my son and what's been going on in his life. My son, Wes, is 28 years old, 6'5", good-looking, athletic, smart, and funny, and my oldest child. He is married to a gorgeous, awesome, amazing woman and has two of THE CUTEST, smartest, sweetest little girls in the world! On March 1st he was diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer. Our world flipped upside down and we are still hanging on by our fingernails. How did this happen to my son? Why did this happen to my son? When you think of Laman and Lemuel, ya, that was me for a while. I did my fair share of murmuring and rebelling. I have since repented and am back on the straight and narrow path, I think. He had to have his entire colon removed and part of his rectum. He is now in chemo and will have 12 rounds of it which will consume the next 6 months of his life, our's too. We're all in this together and we will fight like dogs to beat this. As a young boy Wes loved superheroes. I never thought he would one day actually become one. But he has. He is my Superhero!
Here is my son after surgery, getting some sunshine and fresh air. After losing 45 pounds in a month, he has really been through heck, but he's doing much better and one day we'll look back and say, "What the crap?" Sorry, this is a PG-13 blog entry, shoulda warned you earlier. This alone would be sufficient reason I haven't been blogging. But nooooooooo, we're throwing in some super-excitement to make it nice and crazy and totally off-the-hook! My daughter was crowned Miss Utah USA in October. She is now, right now, at this very minute, in Las Vegas, competing in the Miss USA pageant. It has been quite a journey as she's prepared for this "dream-come-true" "once-in-a-lifetime" moment. She has worked hard. She has sacrificed much. She is going to be amazing! You can watch her compete on NBC, June 3rd. BUT you can VOTE right now for her to be a finalist that night by going to HERE PLEASE take some time to vote for her. You can vote 10 times from one email, every day! I want her to know how proud I am of her. She has proven that dreams really can come true!
Next, is my amazing daughter, Andi. She has spent the last three years at the School of American Ballet in NYC, working her tail off. She recently signed with Los Angeles Ballet and will be moving to Santa Monica. I am so freaking excited for her I can hardly stand it. Things were intense as this audition/decision process was going on but LAB gave her an offer she could't refuse and now I can go watch her dance!!! She's close enough I can actually drive there. In fact, friends and family can go visit her more often and come with me. Road trip!!! Congratulations to my sweetie pie, Andi. I am so excited for her and what the future holds.
I have another daughter and right now all I can say is that she is like sunshine to my soul every day. I've never seen anyone wake up as happy as she does. I love how goofy and upbeat and extremely funny she is. How grateful I am for her.
With the support of incredibly wonderful family and friends, and an extremely amazing husband who keeps us all afloat, somehow all of this is working. But, I realize I still haven't answered the question. The answer is . . . I don't know. Pathetic, huh? I am actually making revisions on a manuscript and hope to have it sent in to my publisher in the next few weeks (ROFL - if you knew how many times I've said that). No, I mean it this time. So I ask you, my fans, to not give up on me. Great things are coming. If you knew what I had in the works it would blow your minds. And I promise to blog more and up date often to let you know of the the progress. Writing is a joy and therapy I have missed and I'm ready to hit it hard again. Thanks for listening. If you think about it, send a prayer heavenward for us. I know they are helping. I have felt the prayers of many. I have the best fans in the world and I love you all!


Margaret said...

I keep checking Amazon and have wondered. I had no idea of the behind the scenes dealings in your life!

Your family comes first! I can wait. Your son and his family need you. I hope, I hope they got all the cancer. And although chemo is wicked and brutal--hopefully whatever's left behind will be scared off!

Michele on a deeply personal note--some years ago I lost a dear dear friend to this cancer. Please make sure your son is regularly screened for the rest of his life. This cancer can come back with a vengeance--only much worse. I know it's a pain and a nuisance but this is the only way you will all know he's jut fine.

And a family member has long term medical issues. They have to have blood tests 3/4 times a year. It's just so much better to get use to the new regimen, accept it, make it a part of your life and then move on!

My best to your son and his family. They need you right now. And the rest of the kids sound like there doing great! This will also help your son. Seeing them move on with their lives, being productive and successful.

And I'll be here waiting for your next book when it's appropriate. You take care.


Sheila said...

You know that you and your family will always be in my prayers. You have such wonderful kids!! Love you!! ~~Sheila

erinzachjj said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your whole family. As a true and loyal fan I will wait patiently (which I never do,) for your next book. As the wife of a cancer survivor I want you to know that life does get better. Chemo and radiation are the most difficult thing for a loved one to watch. We are with you. You are not alone.
Erin Reed

G.G. Vandagriff said...

What a mixed bag life is, huh? Thank goodness you are strong and able to bear all things through the atonement.I can't believe you are even thinking of writing!

Miam said...

I'm praying for you and your family, Michele!

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

I'll be watching on June 3rd.

I have to tell you the other day I was at the assist living center and one of the aides was reading your book, The Perfect Fit. I told her that I know you and she was sooooo impressed.

Take care. Your son and family are in my prayers.

Julie Coulter Bellon said...


Thanks for sharing Michele. My prayers are with your son and I'm so thrilled for all the good you have going on. Can't wait for the next book.

Forever Friends said...

I knew about Kendyl and your son. Tell him to just stay positive and always let Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ be at the forefront to get him through this journey, as you know I've always done with all my Chemo bouts, infections all last year and then to find the last cystg was indeed another form of my Lymphoma, Hodgkins instead of Non. That has been in remission 3 years now, and this one is cureable and have just 3 more to go, one this Thursday and the last two next month. I will be waiting with bated breath for your next novel and know it will be something awesome. You take care of yourself, dear friend.


Joan Sowards said...

No one knows the private trials and triumphs in people's lives. I'm glad you shared. Best wishes for your daughter's pageant success and your sons recovery. Family comes first. There can always be another novel, but we need to give these events in our lives the time they need.

Nancy Campbell Allen said...

Beautiful blog, Michele! My prayers continue for you and yours. Hugs!

Charlene Raddon said...

Wow, Michele, your life really has been bouncing from one end of the spectrum to the other. My prayers for your son and best wishes for your Miss Utah. I'll be watching the pageant to see her win. She's certainly gorgeous enough. My thoughts and love are with you always. Char

Vicki said...

I knew about Kendyl and your son from postings on facebook! I hadn't heard about Andi! That's so awesome for her. And, Santa Monica, where will she be living? I spent my teen years there and some of my married years. We go there at least once a year.