Authors are constantly promising their readers that they're "hard at work on the next book." Maybe most of the time that's true. But I'm gonna be honest here and tell you I'm NOT hard at work on the next book right now.
An in-depth answer might contain terms like "focus," "self-discipline," and "time management skills." However, I'm gonna say the main reason is that I have young kids. On weekends, when those other authors might be "hard at work on the next book," I'm at the zoo, or on the playground, or trying to convince a 3-year-old to get on the toilet or in the bath. Evenings are helping with homework, making mac'n'cheese, playing, or maybe watching some Power Rangers. Once the kids are finally in bed, I've got a few hours left, which I confess to not always being willing or able to spend writing.
During any of these activities, I might wish I could hole up behind a closed door and pound away on the keyboard. (For now we'll set aside the huge amount of marketing an author also needs to do to sell books, and also ignore that writing doesn't pay many bills.) During any of it, I might wish I could be "hard at work on the next book" instead, but y'know what? I hope most of you will be glad to hear me say that I just can't be the kind of dad who shuts the door and says, "Go play," or "Go bug your mom." Sometimes, maybe, but not for hours every night and every weekend in the way that would be necessary to properly sit down and produce a book every few months.
Thus I have to consider writing a "seasonal" occupation, and its season is whenever the stars align. The season will come - it's just hard to predict when. So to those of you awaiting sequels, bear with me. It will happen. I just can't bang them out like some authors whose lives and priorities are different from mine. To be clear, I don't see it as something I'm giving up for the sake of family. No, for better or worse, I'm just not able to do things any other way.
In the meantime (for those of you still reading), later this week all of my existing titles will be free, with the one $0.99 (US/UK) exception of Spartan Beast. I'll send out an announcement when that happens. In the meantime, a lot of them are free already. (Those of you who've already joined, you can find the link in your email.)
I really appreciate your support even as I fail to be "hard at work on the next book," and I hope you'll still be ready and waiting for those sequels to materialize when the stars and zoo trips permit.
You are welcome to sound off in the comments. Am I right? Or just making excuses?!