When life affects writing

I’ve been a big fan of Linda Howard for a while now, as I’ve mentioned before. But lately, her books have been less engaging, as others have noticed. Turns out there’s a very good reason why: she’s been having health issues, which she discusses in this Facebook thread. It makes me wonder if there are other authors out there whose books have suffered because their creator is unwell (Judith MacNaught, I’m looking at you) and if it’s the author’s obligation to disclose this information. I didn’t need to know that Linda Howard was feeling unwell but it does put her slump in a different light and I appreciate her openness since it seems to have stimulated a good discussion and brought awareness of the issue to her readers. What do you think?

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