5.28.2013

UPDATE: Isla and the Happily Ever After

photo by the enormously talented Pascal Grob


Hello friends,

This is an incredibly difficult post to write. Those of you who have pre-ordered Isla and the Happily Ever After have most likely received an email telling you that the release date has been pushed back to May 15, 2014—a full year from now.

This is both true and not true.

I am so, so sorry.

And I shall try my best to explain.

To answer your most pressing question first, May 15, 2014 is a placeholder date. This is NOT the book's official release date.

So . . . what’s the purpose of a placeholder date?

This is sort of confusing, but, basically, when a book is placed into a season in the publisher’s catalog (publishers organize the release of books by seasons, which helps them with marketing and conferences and such) it requires a release date. But sometimes—like with Isla—the book’s release date is unknown at the time of the catalog’s release. When this occurs, the book is given a placeholder date.

The reason why Isla currently has a placeholder is twofold:

(1) My publisher and I are doing everything we can to move this book forward. Our hope is that we’ll be able to release it earlier than its placeholder date. But we can’t know for sure until we’re further through the editorial process. The most honest date that I can give you right now is simply: 2014.

(2) It’s my fault.

I want to be extraordinarily clear that the reason why my book is delayed has everything to do with me and nothing to do with anyone else. Please, please, please don’t send your complaints to my publisher. I am the person at fault.

My editor, my agent, and everyone at Penguin have been nothing but patient with me—far more so than I deserve. I have not made it easy on them. I am grateful and humbled by their continued support, caring, and well wishes.

And now I’ve come to the section of this post where I have to decide . . . which parts of my story to tell you. Where should I be honest and forthright, and where should I remain private?

I’ll begin here: I have depression.

I’ve been diagnosed with it since high school, but I’ve had it since the third grade. The strength of it comes and goes, but it’s always present. It is something that I deal with—that I am required to manage—every single day.

For reasons that I am not comfortable sharing publicly, the last few years have been some of the hardest of my life. I have not been this unhappy, this unhealthy, and this unstable since high school.

And my work has suffered because of it.

I am lucky to have the most loving husband in the entire world. The most patient friends. The most supportive family. My doctors are fantastic, and so—to be frank—is my medication. There have been periods where I have needed it and others where I haven’t, and I am grateful for its existence.

I don’t want you to worry.

I’m doing okay.

Better than okay, in fact. This spring has brought an unexpected and remarkable period of healing, and—because of this—my work is finally blossoming, too.

The book and I are both in good shape. We just need a little more time.

Thank you, in advance, for your patience and understanding.

That's all for now.

xo

132 comments:

  1. All the hugs, all the love, and ALL the understanding. Take your time, and most importantly, take care of yourself. We'll be waiting for ya (and Isla!).

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  2. We're all behind you. While I can't wait to read ISLA, I'll wait patiently forever for the chance to read it. I'm glad that you're doing better!

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  3. We'll be patient as long as you get healthy & Isla comes to fruition in the best form you can make it. Be well & write like the wind.

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this. You are in my thoughts, and I admire your bravery. I probably speak for all of your fans when I say: we'll wait as long as we have to to get Isla! Take your time, get better, and know that I for one will happily devour Isla - whenever it's ready.

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  5. Best of all possible well wishes. I'm sure Ilsa will be wonderful, as wonderful as your other books, and I look forward to its arrival, however long that takes.

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  6. Your health comes first! We'll all still be here waiting patiently!

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  7. Cannot wait to read ISLA whenever it is ready to make its way into the world, and the most important thing is that you take care of yourself so that we're able to read books from you for years to come. Depression is a serious issue and I'm sure you did not take this decision lightly. I wish you all the best :)

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  8. Sending you all the best thoughts, wishes, and support. I completely understand how difficult this is, I've been there. And you take all the time you need to be healthy, as that is the most important thing. We'll all still be here whenever the book is released :-)

    - Sarah @ Breaking the Binding

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  9. Your first responsibility is to your own health, Stephanie - much as it is sad-making to have to wait for Isla, it is really, really good to know that while things have been rough you're doing a bit better now, and really really good to know that you have a shiny support system and working medication. Take care of yourself and please continue being awesome. :)

    *sending many many good vibes in your direction*

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  10. All the hugs, Stephanie. I'm sure many, many of us understand. I have depression too, and sometimes it shrinkwraps itself around everything in my life.

    Thank goodness you're feeling better.

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  11. I'm so glad you're feeling better! Take care of yourself and the rest will come along. *sends all good wishes*

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  12. As someone with depression, thank you for being so honest with us. <3

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  13. Health is always the most important aspect of life to concentrate on. We love your words, but we love you more. Thank you for being you.

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  14. I'm really sorry to hear this but glad you're doing OK. I've had similar experiences and I know how hard life can be. Isla will be worth the wait!

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  15. Never ever feel guilty! I'll say a prayer for your continuing strength through this time. I struggle with anxiety myself I know how difficult mental illness can be. I'm also so happy to hear your publishers are supporting you! *hugs*

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  16. Stephanie, I noticed the new date on amazon last night, and I figured that there was a good reason.

    I too, suffer from depression, so I know firsthand how much if can affect one's work. You're much farther along than I am. You have two wonderful novels published and loved by many. I simply gave up writing altogether--although I am slowly getting back into the groove now.

    Take good care of yourself OK? Take whatever time you need. Depression is not to be taken lightly and I'm glad you're making space for healing.

    Your true fans will still be here when ISLA finally makes her debut. And it'll be worth it.

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  17. Personal health and self care are ALWAYS more important than the projects we create for ourselves. Hang in there, and thank you for being honest about this because the more we talk openly about how depression affects the reality of our lives, the easier it will be for all of us to take care of ourselves.

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  18. Thank you for the honesty of this post. I am glad that you are doing well, and I am sorry that you have been struggling. Do what you need to do. We'll still be here.

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  19. Kudos on a brave and honest post. And for soldiering on through an incredibly difficult disease. Hope this spring's good health continues!

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  20. I appreciate how hard this post must have been for you to write so thank you for being so brave and so open! I have friends with depression who have been in similar circumstances and it's absolutely the right thing to do. Health always comes first. As soon as I read this I just had to stop by to lend my support and send some well wishes your way. I'm sure everyone understands and there is nothing to apologise for. I hope the next year is a positive one for you!

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  21. *hugs* Take care of yourself.

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  22. Thank you Stephanie for this honest post, you are brave beyond measure. I'm sure that we will anxiously wait for the book, so don't you worry. Wish you the very best! :D Sending you a huge and warm hug from Central America!

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  23. Though it is disappointing that we will have to wait even longer to read Isla, it would be even more disappointing if we could never read it, or anything else from you, ever. Book people are used to waiting, we just need something to wait for. So keep getting better and keep writing stuff worth waiting for. We are all behind you.

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  24. *hugs* YOU are the most important thing, first and foremost!!! As anxious as we are for Isla, we want you to be in the best place you can be at all times and it that means waiting, I'm sure your fans are more than happy to see you doing well than pushing forward with the book when the timing isn't right! We love you, Stephanie! Take care :D

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  25. Thank you. Thank you for being honest and brave. Thank you for bringing stories to our lives and I know I´ll gladly pick up ISLA when it´s out. Whenever that is. Because as Brittany rightly said: YOU are the most important and you need to take the time for yourself. Hugs!

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  26. Stephanie, thank you so much for being brave and honest in sharing this. I have experienced something similar (several times) and can only imagine the pressure you must have been feeling knowing that so many people were waiting for you to complete the book. Your health is the most important thing, and I'm so glad to hear that you have so many loving, supportive people around you. Your fans love you and will wait as long as you need us to; in the meantime, continue to look after yourself. Lots of love! xx

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  27. You're bravery is inspiring. I am so happy to hear that you are healing.

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  28. I just want to thank you for being so honest and open about this. I've been struggling with depression for a while now. Posts like this truly give me hope and encourage me that there is help out there. I wish you even more healing this year.

    We'll be here whenever "Isla" is ready for us. <3

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  29. Thanks for sharing your story. I have been debating telling a group of my friends that I have been struggling with depression for a several years because it has gotten bad lately. They are a group of friends from whom I think I can get real supportive help, not the obligated, pity kind of help. Reading this today will help me be brave.

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  30. Wow, what an amazing post. I've set up Isla on my goodreads 'wishlist' so when it does arrive on shelves I'll know. :-) A good book is always worth waiting for and it's the best kind of waiting!

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  31. And I hope you know it's actually not your fault. I hope things keep getting better, and don't worry: we'll be here whenever Isla is ready!

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  32. Hi Steph. :)

    Thanks for the update and for being honest with us. We'll still be here whenever Isla happens to come out, but more importantly, we're still here for you as friends and people that care for you.

    Sending prayers, virtual hugs, love, and wonderful television your way. (Seriously, have you watched Bob's Burgers? It's my new favorite thing on TV.)

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  33. Take care of yourself! Sending good thoughts and well wishes your way!!

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  34. My love and thoughts are with you, Steph. You give us great joy with your books; I just hope it gives you the same.

    Use that amazing support network behind you, and give yourself a break. You owe everyone nothing, but yourself, everything.

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  35. As someone who suffers from depression and anxiety I completely understand. Hope you feel better <3

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  36. Just as long as you're taking care of yourself. Thank you for being honest and sharing.

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  37. I know saying that I understand how you feel is condescending and makes your depression seem much less complex than it really is, and I know that I don't know much of your situation, but I just wanted to tell you that I have some experience with depression myself, so I really sympathize with you (not that somebody who doesn't have/hasn't had depression can sympathize, but you know what I mean). I wish you all the best!

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  38. There is no need to apologize for something you didn't do on purpose. Thank you for sharing, and your fans will wait as long as necessary....without complaint. Just take care of you. :-)

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  39. Sending you hugs and tons of support! You are what matters first and foremost!

    Xoxo

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  40. Take care of yourself. We don't mind waiting! Just make sure that you're ok and the rest will come xx

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  41. We will love the book whether it comes out today or 5 years from now. Your health is most important. I have suffered from depression in the past and had to take medication, and I understand how difficult it is to find motivation to do things the way you used to. Prayers are being sent your way!

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  42. I don't think people really understand how complex depression is and how difficult it is for a person to get through it. I can imagine how hard it was for you to share all this, so thank you for that, for your honesty. You have no reason whatsoever to apologize. I'm sure all fans send their hearts out to you. Myself included! Hope you feel better and better and kick that depression right on the butt. Just focus on taking care of yourself first, I'm sure we can wait a while longer for Isla :)

    You're still one of my favorite authors, delay and all :P

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  43. Oh... ((HUGS!)) Your health is MUCH more important than any deadline. <3

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  44. Hugs !!! i hope you feel better. i understand your situation i'm in it too sooo my best wishes to you. god bless <3

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    1. by the way normally Lola and The Boy Next Door help me feel better when i'm down ... thank for that :)

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  45. I think it's remarkable sharing something like this. Honest and forthright and down right beautiful.
    Hope you get through to the lighter side soon. Good to hear you've got a terrific support crew!
    All best!

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  46. *hugs* You do what you've got to do -- we'll be here. Always.

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  47. You are so brave sharing something so deeply personal. Having a wonderful support crew really can make a world of difference. It is so important to take care of yourself first,so please don't feel as though you must apologize.

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  48. Please continue to take care of yourself. Remember that many, many people alter their careers/jobs in many, many ways to accommodate their mental/physical/emotional needs; yours just happens to be a bit more in the public eye. Thank you for this post: you continue to be a role model for all your readers with this model of honesty, personal responsibility, and good decision-making. Wishing you the best.

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  49. All the love to you--and to Isla; whenever we get her will be the right time. What's best for you is by far the most important, and I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better. GIANT HUG.

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  50. It's very kind of you to keep us in the loop! I'm sorry that things are rough for you, and I hope they continue to get better. I will joyously buy and read Isla whenever it comes out, and if I get twitchy, I'll just reread my nicely signed Anna.

    It was lovely to meet you (and Maureen) in Raleigh several months ago, and I'm considering the hike out to Asheville next month.

    <3

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  51. I'll be super excited to read ISLA no matter how long it takes.

    I so admire your honesty and bravery. Take care of yourself.

    And kudos to your publisher for staying committed to you and your work.

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  52. Anonymous7:08 PM GMT-5

    Thanks for the update, Stephanie, but most importantly, I hope you're feeling better. Sending all my good thoughts and energy your way!

    Diana

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  53. I loved reading all these positive comments. You have some amazing fans!

    *hugs*

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  54. Wow--thank you for sharing this and being so brave to share it so publicly! I am so glad you are feeling better and am so glad that you have taken care of yourself. You rock!

    On an unrelated note, a bunch of my students have devoured ANNA and LOLA--they pass the books around as soon as they finish one. You are so awesome, and I (and my students) can't wait to read more whenever that may be!!

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  55. Anonymous7:42 PM GMT-5

    Thank you for sharing your reasons behind delaying publishing. It's nice to see people in the public eye sharing part of themselves, especially with a topic that's still considered taboo. Depression is no joke and I applaud you for coming forward.

    And I will read Isla whenever it's published!

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  56. We love you. We love you on the happy days and the sad ones, and on the ones with books and the ones without them. We love you on every day that ends in Y. Wishing you a huge happily ever after, because YOU DESERVE IT.

    *hugs*

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  57. It wouldn't matter if you had to push the release date to ten years from now if it meant your good health! Thank you for sharing this with us. <33

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  58. I love you for posting this. I'm glad that things are looking up for you and that your book will be released once it is to be the best it can be.

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  59. You are not alone:)

    Your honest words speak not only your own truth, but the truth of many others as well.

    And a good book is always worth the wait.

    xoxoxo a thousand time over-

    Shelley


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  60. Don't you worry about us. We all love your books, but right now, your health is more important. Take care of yourself and get better. We will wait here patiently for ISLA.

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  61. I know it will be worth the wait:)

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  62. Don't you worry, Mrs. Perkins! Take care of yourself. We'll be here waiting for you and your amazing books! Always! *hugs*

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  63. Us fans love you deeply and we wish you the best 'cause you are the best! <3 Take your time and tell Isla we love her as well! ;)

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  64. As much as I adore your books, I care more about you taking care of yourself. Take all the time you need, Stephanie, the rest of your fans and I will all be waiting here for you when you're ready to unleash more of your awesomeness out into the world.

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  65. Thanks so much for being honest - I think it's brave to post something this personal on the internet. I'm so happy things are looking up for you and - as everyone else already stated - your fans will patiently wait for Isla and be even more excited when we get to read it!

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  66. A big hug from Spain

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  67. We are all with you. We love your books. We are here for you always!.

    A big hug =)

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  68. You and your health should always come before pleasing your audience. And heck, if GRRM fans can wait 7 years between books, I'm sure we can all wait a year (or as long as it takes) extra for Isla to be born! You are a beautiful and talented spirit, and we are all cheering you on!

    Sending an explosion of love and positive energies to you <333333333

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  69. Anonymous4:16 AM GMT-5

    Dear Stephanie,
    Your health is the priority. Just so you know, I'm from France, studying in England, so you can imagine how much I love your books. They are AMAZING, the way you right seems so real, so honest and at the same time so magical. I can't wait to read Isla and this setback will only make the anticipation greater, better :)
    Good luck and lots of xoxooxxoxoxox.

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  70. All my love for you. First you, then you and if you have time write for us. Don't mind the wait, we love you.

    PD: en español esto sonaba mejor, ¡¡¡te queremos!!! Besos ♥

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  71. Wow, I'm glad that you're OK. Take the time you need to recover.We are you readers and we love you, so we'll wait. Don't worry :)

    Best wishes xoxo

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  72. Anonymous9:59 AM GMT-5

    Thank you for your explanation and for being so honest about your struggles. There are still so many stigmas attached to mental health issues and being that I am someone who has struggled to cope I greatly appreciate when people in the public eye share their experiences. I hope that you continue to heal and look forward reading Isla and the Happily Ever After when it does come out.
    As others have said the most important thing is your health and I'm glad that you have so many supportive people in your life.

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  73. Take your time and heal...YOU need your happily ever after too. Many hugs and best wishes for you. <3

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  74. I, like you, struggle with depression that comes and goes,and have been for several years now, so I really know how it can switch from one day to another. And, like all the comments above show, it doesn't matter to anybody if your book is delayed. So just focus on yourself and don´t feel bad about the delay :)

    Love your writing, btw :P

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  75. Stacy Schuck12:07 PM GMT-5

    You are a wonderful author and a fabulous person. Depression sucks (literally and figuratively). You are worth waiting for. a wonderful author. Depression sucks (literally and figuratively) you

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  76. Sending prayers your way! Your well being is more important than enything else!
    Yolanda

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  77. I love your books, and I'll be waiting whenever you're ready to put them out into the world. Take your time. Take care and look after yourself, it's the most important thing!

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  78. I'll wait all the time that you need cause I just love your books so much, they give me hope to be happy and smile :D
    A million of hugs from Colombia

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  79. Katherine3:59 PM GMT-5

    We love you forever. We'll still be here if the book comes out ten years from now. Please don't be sorry about things that are out of your control. Also, your speaking openly about this meant a lot to me. xoxo

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  80. Your fans love you and we are more than happy to wait while you take care of you. :)

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  81. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Take the time you need to heal and be happy. Know that your devoted readers support you whole-heartedly in every way. But especially when it comes to your health and happiness. Stay strong. We're here for you! :-)

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  82. Stephanie, thank you so much for being honest with us, your fans. I suffer from depression as well, and I know how hard it can be to open up about it, especially on the internet. Just know that we understand and are here for you. Please take all the time you need. I'm looking forward to Isla, and I'll still be looking just as forward to it whether it comes out next year or ten years from now. The important thing is that you take care of yourself first. Sending much love and happy thoughts your way. <3

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  83. We LOVE LOVE LOVE (x a billion ) YOU! Take you all the time you need! I promise you- your fans aren't going anywhere ;)

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  84. HUGE hugs, Stephanie! And thank you for being so open and honest about this. I've battled (battle) it myself and it's not ever easy to admit. Hang in there, take your time, and know you have tons of fans (like ME) who adore you and your stories!

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  85. This post brought tears to my eyes. You write wonderful stories, and your fan base isn't going anywhere. I was just reading an interview with another writer who--in describing her book--said that it was inspired by Anna. :) I love both of your books, as well as each and every one of your blog posts.

    I have depression that comes and goes, and I know how hard that makes it to get things done. It makes me feel like everything I do is worthless, which is garbage. I KNOW it's garbage, and yet, that voice, it won't shut up.

    You can get through this.

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  86. What a wonderful and honest post! Both my sister and I struggle with depression, so it is at least familiar to me. I hope you are on the mend and that the summertime sunshine will improve you! Just know that I love your books no matter what time they release--you are a fantastic writer! It's worth the wait. :)

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  87. I admire your strength and bravery for writing this post- I am sure it took a lot out of you to write it. Having read comments other fans wrote, I have to say this: you are blessed with the greatest fans! I pray you have a smooth recovery. A lot people love you, Stephanie, and we care the most about your well-being.

    I want to add that I broke up with my boyfriend of three years last month, and yesterday I finished reading 'Lola and the Boy Next Door.' I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for writing that book. My parents never liked my boyfriend because they thought he never spent enough time with me. For a while I would use the excuse, 'he does love me, he's just really busy.' After reading LATBND, I realized I was enabling my boyfriend with excuses and cheating myself. While I am still heartbroken, your book showed me there is someone for everyone that I deserve a loyal and faithful guy like Cricket Bell.

    Thank you for being AMAZING and for showing me what a real relationship is suppose to be like.


    - <3 always Lisa

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  88. My heart goes out to you Stephanie. I didn't think it was possible to love you any more! You're so brave.

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  89. I'm not sure if you read these comments, but I wanted to say that you are such an amazing person! I have an infinite amount of respect and admiration for you, and everything you've achieved. More than anything, I just want you to be OK! Like others have said, we're not going anywhere. We'll always be here for you, nothing will ever change that! You are never alone, and you are so very loved x

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  90. Eu também tenho depressão sei como e difícil ,e muito bom voce falar disso abertamente .

    Voce e incrível .

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  91. <3. Need anything, I'm here. Norwegian baked goods, secret mentions of Maggie in books, hugs. You rock.

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  92. Take care of you. There's no HEA for Isla if there's not one for you.

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  93. WE LOVE YOU. It's as simple as that. :)

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  94. As much as I hate waiting (just found out about this from Team Penguin here in Canada), I totally, completely understand. As someone who has had depressive episodes, I know how debilitating it can be. I'm so glad to hear that you're on the mend, and I am happy that Penguin/Dutton is giving you the space you need to get Isla done right.

    Please take care of yourself, and we'll be here for you whenever you're ready.

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  95. I've never read ANNA or LOLA. I've wanted to but never got around to them. This post right here just moved them on the top of my to-read list. You, Ms. Perkins, are awesome. Take your time. Take care of yourself. Things will happen as they're supposed to.

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  96. Don't worry about it - take your time. I am such a huge fan of your work and of you, and of course healthy comes first. You are an amazing writer and seems to be such a good person. Just remember that it's ok and completely normal to have problems. I am utterly happy that you are in a good phase now and your publishers are being nice to you.

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  97. What a brave thing to share. I have dealt with family members who have depression and it's hard for me to watch others who dont understand it fully comment about it. So I applaud you for bringing more attention to the realness of the so many who deal with it.
    Also thank you for still coming out on tour (in Utah!) because it was delightful and wonderful to see you.
    I love that you want your books to be the best they can be for us readers who love them. Thank you. And best wishes.

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  98. Dear Ms. Perkins,

    I fell in love with Anna, was in awe of Lola, and can't wait to meet Isla but I am more than happy to wait until both you and her are completely ready. I know what it's like to deal with depression and how important it is to give yourself a break. You are so brave, and, by the way, incredibly talented! I can't wait to read your new book, especially because it's release will mean that you're doing okay. Take care of yourself! Your readers will always be there for you.

    Love, Erika

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  99. You don't have to push yourself too hard. You can take as long as it takes for you. We don't only love your stories, but yourself, because if it wasn't for you, those stories wouldn't live with us. Anna and Lola are important to us thanks to you, because you delivered them to us in a magnificent way. But I assure you that you are far more important than the stories themselves. You are the reason those stories are with us, you are more important than any of them. And we love Anna and Lola, can you imagine how much we love you?

    Depression comes a goes on its own free will, and I hope you can feel better soon, and that it will be such a good recovery it will last forever.
    We can fait as long as it takes.
    Don't push yourself to feel better, we will wait as long as it takes.

    With love, Valeria

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  100. I guess it's true when they say that the people who smile a lot are the ones who are hurting the most. I also have been struggling with depression since I was thirteen, am now twenty. I guess I can somehow understand what it feels, and I wish with all my might that it wasn't you who had to go through all this, but we can't decide this things. I really wish you the best, Steph.
    All my love, Valeria

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  101. Stephanie Perkins,

    I just read through this post & all these comments, and I'm now in tears at the end of it. I, like many others, understand the pains and trials of depression, and I too hope for your complete and happy recovery. We're all excited for Isla, but there are so many more important things, and us devoted fans will always wait because we love the brilliant, real characters you write about, and because we love you. I think that when you're finished, Isla is going to be the most wonderful person, and the most wonderful book we could have hoped for--it'll be a story worth waiting for. You are awesome and amazing, so take care of yourself!

    Love, Catalina

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  102. Anonymous4:29 PM GMT-5

    Thinking of you, I totally understand, please don't worry and we all really don't mind, you're more important :) xxxx

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  104. Anonymous2:05 PM GMT-5

    Stephanie -

    I was just looking for a place to write and tell you I just finished reading Anna and the French Kiss AGAIN, and it was still so delightful! I had thought I just needed to reread the amazing kiss scene - but then kept reading to almost the end, and then decided I didn't want to come to the end without remembering absolutely everything in the story . . . so I just started again from the beginning. Big smile on my face. Etienne is as delightful and delicious as the cinnamon and hazelnut praline you so eloquently described Anna drooling over in the patisserie! Yummy! Such a sweet story. And to answer the frequently asked question of the amazing Jarrod? Yes! The boy is hot enough! ;)

    You know I now have to reread Lola! Cricket is too cute, for sure.

    I will wait for Isla until she is ready. Know that you aren't the only person dealing with depression. It is known to run much higher among wonderfully, talented creative peoples as yourself. I applaud you for your declaration, I am sure it wasn't an easy thing for you to reveal. It is common in my family. My daughter, who tried to treat hers with meds was so frustrated with the side effects that she had to stop taking them. She has happily found great results with an over the counter natural product called SAMe. Walmart carries it here. No side effects. I mention it, because you might try it and find it works well for you also. Have patience with yourself. We aren't going anywhere! - Sherry

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  105. Anonymous8:03 PM GMT-5

    Just throwing in my support with all the others who have been so kind and understanding. I am also a writer who suffers from depression and anxiety. For me writing can be very trying at times especially if there are third parties looking to you. It's like being the outermost skater on a revolving chain--you gotta skate faster to keep up, to feel ok but if you trip you're gonna go flying God only knows where if you can't get it under control.

    Looking forward to Isla...however long it takes to get her.

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  106. Anonymous3:48 PM GMT-5

    I'm glad that you're taking the time you need while still writing the book. I admire you SO MUCH for pushing through the depression in order to get us, your fans, a phenomenal book. Your books are amazing and you are inspiring. So thank you,
    ~me

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  107. Anonymous8:09 PM GMT-5

    I love your books so very much---Read them in a matter of hours and was sad to finish them! I really admire the way you write and I cannot wait for your next book! I know no matter how long it takes, it is going to be amazing! YOU ARE THE BEST! THANK YOU!

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  108. Steph, I'm from Brazil, and we love your books here .... Look how many people love you .... The best for you!
    You have a 1000000 books to be WRITTEN ... Isla is just one more, imagine that here in Brazil will take even more time and I can definitely wait. So why worry? I hope one day I write as well as you because you are the best :)
    We love you xo

    Anna Luiza Herzig

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  109. Oh, i can't imagine what you're going through, but I know that the most important thing is you to take care of yourself. As you said, you have amaizing people by your side that love you very much. And you have us, your readers, that love your work and you, and will always wishing the best for you.
    I'm very anxious to read Isla, but while I can't, I'll re-read Anna and Lola, and will love it even more each time.

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  110. From one Stephanie to another, from one depression sufferer to another...thank you for sharing your story. It's only by using our voices that we chop down the stigma surrounding mental illness, one branch at a time. I've been there, I've clawed my way out and fought back the demons more times than I'd like to think about, and I understand. Wishing you all the best.

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  111. Don't worry. We want are greedy folks who just want the best book you can give us. If that means we have to wait, well that is okay. At least it isn't firefly, or Sherlock. Or you know Harry Potter. Which we will never have again! *Sob* We are just happy to have such a wonderful author able to give us great stories.

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  112. Thank you for your honesty, Stephanie. I know how you feel. I suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder, which ranges from managable to severe, depending on, well, depending.... So I can relate how it is to cope with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, etc. that can't really be explained, don't really have any specific physical cause. I'm happy to hear you're doing better now--and hope you continue to do so. Just know that you're making a lot of people happy with your lovely novels. Best of luck!

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  113. Mae Trecia9:40 AM GMT-5

    HI!I just read your book "Anna and the French Kiss" and it made me loved you...just take care of your first and the keep doing well.. were just here for you..i cant wait for your next book( Isla) to be released...

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  114. Hi Steph,

    Just checking in on you and found this post from a few months ago. Sending you love and hugs. Speaking as a woman 20 years your senior - there is plenty of time for everything. Embrace the joy in your life and the rest will follow when and as it should. Stay healthy, be happy and savor the day - at your pace. xo Kiki

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  115. Anonymous9:08 AM GMT-5

    Take all the time you need. It's okay if the book comes out a little later than desirable. The main thing is to make sure you get to feeling better. I know depression is very hard to deal with. Remember we all love you.

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  116. I am so sorry Ms. Perkins! I am happy to wait! Please do not worry! We will all be happy to wait! God bless you and I send love and prayers1 I look forward to reading your book whenever it comes out!

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  117. Thank you for the bravery it took to share that with us. Believe me when I say that it's always important to take care of you first. Your fans love you and we will wait patiently for Isla no matter how long it takes. Get well and God Bless.

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  120. So, Was searching around everywhere looking for the reason the date suddenly changed on the Book Depository. In the haste for my eagerness for your novel to release I came across the link to this post. Boy do I feel like a silly person. 100% you should be looking after yourself number 1 - the human body does require a bit of maintenance, no matter what you are dealing with. I hope you are feeling much better, on the road to feeling well again, I understand that can be quite a tough road at times but you seem like a tough cookie. Take Care!! Cannot wait to read your book, no matter how long it takes. :) Ill still lunge for it even if it is five years down the track.

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  122. I hope you feel better! I love your books and can't wait for Isla! You are such an inspiration to me because your books reminded me of why I love reading in the first place! XOXO

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