Author Steph Swainston, the writer of the Castle series of weird fantasy novels (The Year of Our War, No Present Like Time, The Modern World and Above the Snowline), has announced in an interview with The Independent that she is to quit writing novels.
According to Swainston, she has become tired of the demands of writing one novel a year and the amount of self-marketing that a modern writer is expected to do via the Internet. She has also expressed a desire for a more social job, and is looking into becoming a chemistry teacher. Her desire to give up writing was so strong that she has negotiated an early end to her contract with Gollancz.
The news is likely to be a surprise to many. Swainston is one of the more critically-acclaimed authors to emerge in the last decade, and her admirers include Chine Mieville and, slightly randomly, Simon Le Bon of Duran Duran. I've only read her first novel, but found it to be enjoyable in its strangeness.
Hopefully we'll see more books from her one day, but for the time being this is regrettable news.
UPDATE: Apparently Ms. Swainston is planning to continue the Castle series eventually, but at her own writing pace.