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Another Unfortunate Announcement

Hello friends!

2017 has been a doozy of a year so far. I’ve experienced some amazing things— like the release of my first YA book— something I’ve been dreaming about for more than a decade. I got to travel around Europe with my person, Jay Crownover. I’ve met amazing, supportive readers at signings all over. But despite all those good things, it’s been a year of struggle. A year of both physical and mental health issues. A year when my anxiety became something I could no longer manage alone. A year when my depression reached depths that I’ve never had to face. Some days I feel normal. Some days I feel like the old me— passionate and eager and ready to take on the world. Other days it takes everything in me to get out of bed. The thing that has suffered the worst in this struggle is my writing. Writing has always been the thing that came naturally to me, the way I made sense of the world. Now I spend my days battling a voice inside me that says I’m no longer capable of finishing a book. You’d think that would be an easy fear to brush under the rug for someone who has already written ten books. But it’s not. For the first time in my life, I’m second guessing my ability to write, second-guessing every word I put on the page. It’s something I’m dealing with. I’m managing it in the best way I can, trying to challenge myself, but also be compassionate toward myself when I need it. Unfortunately, there’s no quick fix for a situation like this. And while I’ve had to slow down, the world has kept moving at its usual rapid pace. Deadlines keep coming, responsibilities must still be addressed, and hard choices have to be made.

I know that you guys have waited an incredibly long time for All Closed Off. And there is literally nothing I want more than to get that book in your hands. You cannot imagine how much I have beaten myself up over the long wait for this book. If I could give it to you right now, I would. But it’s not ready (because I’m not ready). So, unfortunately, it will not be releasing July 18th. I don’t know when it will be releasing because as I said, the world keeps moving. And while All Closed Off will be self-published, which allows me a certain degree of flexibility, other parts of my career are not so flexible. And as I struggle to get back into a healthy routine, I must prioritize the work for which I am contracted.

So here’s what I can promise you: I’m hard at work on the sequel to Roar. Stella and Ryan are constantly in my thoughts, and I work on them every chance I get. As soon as All Closed Off is ready, I’ll put it out into the world. I will do everything I can to make you wait as little as possible. And for every person who has waited this long, who has emailed and tweeted and messaged and yearned for Stella’s story—I appreciate you more than I can possibly put into words. There has been many an anxiety-filled moment when your little check ins and messages have kept me from giving in to frustration and despair. So all I can really do at this point is say thank you. And I’m sorry. And I hope someday I can make this up to you.

4 Comments

  • Holly Baker

    November 22, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    Hi Cora,

    Sending you wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re doing well now. Take care of yourself so that we can have more awesome reads from you!

    I love your books and wish they’d been around when I was younger. They contain such good messages about maturing/growing up, relationships, and a healthy sex life for a young woman. No shaming or guilt!

    Keep on writing when you are able! You’re worth waiting for!

    Holly

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  • Adaylin Alvarez

    November 27, 2017 at 4:01 AM

    Hi Cora,
    I’ve been anticipating for this book to come out and I’m so excited!! I was wondering what final release date is? Was it November 24? Hope all is well, big fan!

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  • Mckenzie Smith

    February 4, 2018 at 1:34 PM

    As someone who suffers from anxiety and depression myself I totally understand your struggle. While I love your books you must do what is best for yourself! Find what makes you happy and to hell with the rest. Prayers for a great 2018!

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  • Vicki Little

    March 28, 2018 at 11:37 AM

    Praying for you and hope you recover and get back to a healthy you! Just wanted you to know that I have read several of your books over the last few months and you are an amazing author and I look forward to reading many more of your books in the future! Thank you for sharing your amazing talent with all of us!

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