There are some very famous authors who only wrote one or two novels. I have to say, they break my reader’s heart. When I love a book, I always want more. In the “old days,” it was a lot harder to find out if there were more books or even why someone didn’t write more.
One of my favorite “one book wonders” books (ouch, that made my head hurt) is Memoirs of the Invisible Man. By H.F. Saint, published in 1987. I loved this book. You could tell he’d really thought about what it would be like to be invisible. Like seriously worked through it in his head, and then spilled onto paper into a very exciting story. It was even adapted into a (very bad) movie with Chevy Chase as the invisible man, as well as an NYT bestseller.
This is still one of my favorite lines EVER from a book:
“One thing everyone insisted upon—and for some reason the assertion seemed to reassure the investigators and compilers of reports despite its rather tautological quality—was that no one had seen any invisible men.”
So whenever I’d remember the book, I’d go check to see if he’d written anything else. He hadn’t and I didn’t know why, until it occurred to me to look him up on Wikipedia. Turns out he meant to be a full-time writer, but his book did so well, he retired.
I get it. You make buckets of money and you don’t have to work, but reader me is still sad. Reader me might be a bit demanding. When someone has the skill to tell a darn good story, I want them to keep at it until someone pries their cold, dead fingers from the keyboard.
Yeah, a bit demanding (but hey, I’m a Dead Author Still Writing. I don’t ask more than I give…). Every now and again, I’ll see a “where are they” post pop up on a blog or in a readers type magazine and I scan the lists, looking for familiar names. Some I already know where they are and that makes me sad, too.
Another one of my “lost” authors is Mary Elgin. She wrote three novels: The Man from the Mist, Highland Masquerade, and The Wood and The Trees. She doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. [Insert sad face here], so I don’t know why she only wrote three books.
So you have any “lost” authors? Authors who wrote one book that you can’t forget? You know I love comments so much that I pick a favorite to receive my monthly AnaBanana gift basket ($25 value). Recipient is announced the first blog post of the new month.
P.S. Since both authors wrote what I’d call “darker” books, I’ll mention my lone gothic today. Dangerous Dance is a bit of an anomaly for me, since it is darker than I usually write.