So long for now…

It is with extremely mixed feelings that I announce that this will be my last post as a Risky, at least for the foreseeable future. This is a wonderful community of authors and readers, and it’s been a privilege to be a part of it. I’ll miss this place. But my writing is going in a new direction, one that I’m excited to embark upon.

Around this time last year, I developed a bad case of burnout as a writer. I took some time off to reflect on the current state of career and my hopes for the future. After a few months of soul-searching (and some time off to travel around Europe!), I came to the conclusion that what I really wanted to do was switch genres from romance to fantasy, and that the only thing holding me back was fear of change.

So I’m currently hard at work on what I hope will be my first fantasy novel. It’s urban fantasy with romantic elements, and it reflects my love of baseball, American history, and TV shows like Doctor Who, Sleepy Hollow, The Librarians, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. My goal is to write something big, crazy, smart, and, above all, fun!

I’m sure I’ll still be reading a ton of romance, and I expect my fantasy novels will contain strong romance arcs, since there’s few things I love more than a story of two people falling in love as they work together for a common cause or to fight a shared enemy. Thanks again for welcoming me as a part of the Risky community!

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23 Responses to So long for now…

  1. All the best for your new writing project, Susanna! It sounds awesome!

  2. Isobel Carr says:

    Best of luck with it! Let us know when it’s ready for beta readers. *grin*

  3. HJ says:

    Good luck with making your fantasy a reality, in a way!

  4. Teresa (Broderick) says:

    The very best of luck to you Susanna. I hope your book takes off. My daughter loves fantasy so I’ll have her looking out for it.

  5. ki pha says:

    Well wishes to you on this new journey! Come back and see how things are here too with updates and what not.

  6. Good luck in greener fields.

    I write both Romance and Fantasy, so I understand.

    • Susanna Fraser says:

      Thanks! I feel like there’s more overlap between fantasy and romance readers and writers than most people realize.

  7. You have to go where your muse leads you. I look forward to reading your next book. Urban fantasy is one of my guilty pleasures!

  8. Mary Blayney says:

    Faantasy? Did you say fantasy? Can’t wait though you will be missed here. And, by the way, who are you favorite fantasy authors?

    • Susanna Fraser says:

      Hm…right now I’d say Lois McMaster Bujold (though I’m fondest of her Vorkosigan Saga, which is science fiction), Jacqueline Carey, Naomi Novik, Jim C. Hines, and Seanan McGuire, though if you asked me tomorrow I might give you a different answer.

  9. Susanna, I’m a fan of all those same TV shows, so with those influences how can you go wrong? I’ll look forward to your foray into the urban fantasy world! I hope you’ll pop back in here to report once in a while, and keep us posted. I’m sure many here will be willing to follow you into new pastures! Wishing you fortitude, courage, and the best success!

  10. diane says:

    Susanna, once a Risky, always a Risky! Keep us informed of your new venture and when that urban fantasy is ready, you’ll have to come back as our guest and tell us all about it!

    It has been a pleasure having you with Risky Regencies. I’ve loved your posts and will miss you!

  11. Elena Greene says:

    Sorry to be so late saying this (college student home and the holidays turn everything upside down) but thanks so much for joining us, and best wishes on your new endeavors! Please do keep us posted, would always love to have you back as a guest.

    • Susanna Fraser says:

      Thanks so much! And I’m with you on the holiday-discombobulated schedule. I’m working at the day job right up till Wednesday, then catching an early flight Christmas Eve to go see the in-laws.

  12. And I’m even later, but we’ll miss you! I’m dabbling with some fantasy myself at the moment. And as you pointed out, romance and fantasy have much in common. It’s all about the world building.

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