So, I'm back from RWA and, even in my zombie-like state caused by the trip home from hell (do not ever fly AirTran and I'm only telling you this because I care about each and every one of you), I'm still sad from the news I heard from Stephen Axelrod, Judith Ivory's agent.
I saw him at the Berkley party on Friday night and decided to go straight to the source and try to find out what is up with the divine Ms. Ivory.
Turns out, he doesn't really know. The book that was widely reported to be on Avon's schedule for sometime this year wasn't turned in. And whether or not it ever will be is anybody's guess since, believe it or not, he hasn't heard from her.
So, the author is MIA even to her agent. And, just to cover all the bases, it was clear to me that he wasn't BS-ing me and that he really doesn't know the story. In fact, when I told him that I'd been in touch with her about a year ago, he thought I might have been one of the last to hear from her.
This is not good news. I have also heard that she has had health problems so this development is disturbing. The selfish side of me hates it when a really talented author just sort of drops out of sight with no explanation (although they certainly don't owe me one). The fact that she is MIA from her agent doesn't sound hopeful. Very sad. I wish her all the best.
JI has written some of my favorite books:
Untie My Heart
I confess I haven't read her re-write of Starlit Surrender, which was titled Angel in a Red Dress (released last September), and that's probably because I didn't hear any buzz about it. I have heard that SS is not her best work, but I still want to read AIARD so I have ordered it.
What are your favorites by JI?