News and Notes
I wanted to take a few minutes to thank every person who has taken the time to read any of the books found on this site. I also want to extend my gratitude to everyone who has followed my projects, supported Whiskey Springs the Series, and who has taken the time to reach out by email or social media with thoughts and questions. Recently, I have been getting a lot of emails about release dates and projects. I realize not everyone follows JA Armstrong Books or me on social media. Hopefully, this will help explain what is happening in the world of the Bumbling Bard and JA Armstrong.
Those of you who follow me online are likely already aware of the upheavals in my personal life. For those who are not, my life has been in a near constant state of upheaval since late 2018. In November 2018, they admitted my father to the hospital with low oxygen levels. Amazingly, at 86, the doctors discovered he suffered from a congenital defect in his heart called a PFO. He was the oldest patient they had ever treated for a PFO. Unfortunately, he suffered a complication during the procedure to correct the issue. That complication went untreated, which led to a greater complication. He spent three months in the hospital in and out of ICU, and underwent numerous surgeries. They released my dad with hospice services in February 2019. He has been in and out of hospice since. It has been heartbreaking, stressful, and completely overwhelming for our family. My dad is 100% bed bound. My 30-year-old son, Chris, is his full-time caregiver, and my wife and I are supporting both homes physically and financially. All of it has dramatically affected my ability to create.
It’s been a painful two years for our family, as I know it has been for many people. Loss and upheaval gave way to COVID, and with it, more isolation and change. I know that feel disappointment about the delayed release of the newest Whiskey Springs book. I am working on it. It has been easier for me to write shorter stories while navigating the emotional fallout of my father’s illness, and it has been CATHARTIC. I hope that some of you have enjoyed those offerings. I wrote Finding Mrs. Klaus on the heels of the loss of one of my closest friends to suicide. Beyond Time is set in the town where my mother was raised and explores some of my childhood memories of the lake. Domestic Policy enabled me to confront a pandemic as Candace Reid might. While some people may have felt the story was too soon, it was the story I both wanted to write and needed to write for Candace, and for ME. Recently, I published Crossing Brooklyn, and the feel-good Halloween romance, Three Little Spells. Please believe me, no one wants me to write productively more than me!
For those who’ve inquired about the Whiskey Springs Series on film: this is COVID world. None of the places we considered filming are currently viable for a production. The cost to produce the show amid COVID realities and restrictions would be exponentially greater. We are on HOLD. Whiskey Springs will happen both on the page and on the screen. It will just take a little time.
I hope that this finds each of you healthy. I know many people are struggling with loneliness, loss of income, and worries about health and wellness. Please take care of yourselves and each other. Rest assured, I am committed to continuing the series I’ve been writing all these years—Fallon, Riley, Andi, and Billie, Brooke and Tess, Addy and Emma, Carrie and Devon, Candace and Jameson, and Alex and Cassidy. There are MANY characters in my head. It will take time to bring them all back to your computers and eReaders. They’ll find their way back in time. Stories matter—not just mine—yours too! Never be afraid to tell the story that’s in your heart. Someone needs to hear it.
Happy Holidays. Wishing you all happiness, health, and most of all—LOVE,