I don't know how many other authors this happens to, but with the three books of my R&R Trilogy written and sent to Captive Quill Press, I was compelled to make a hard, belated decision.
This weekend I asked for all three novels not to be published.
I called it a hard decision in the first sentence, I see, but that's what one would call "sugar coating." The choice went against my grain in a massive way. It took around seven years for me to write Resolve And Retribution, Returns And Reunions, and Response And Rewards. But I won't even keep them saved in personal files now, because I abhor the idea of making those in my personal life uncomfortable. (Scenarios got over-the-top intense as my lead characters Ben and his vampire girlfriend Tabitha took care of business.) Besides, as the title of my blog says, there's always more fiction. I have "what if" zinging around in my head all the time.
Also, I'm reminding myself about that expression which goes something like "when a door closes, a window opens."
To be accurate about current events in my author's life, there are actually a couple of windows: I've started the process of writing a series of ghost story novels, and adult science fiction is saved in three chapters, just waiting in the wings. There's a WWI British tank involved, in addition to a pretty alien who has telekinetic ability.
Hey, runners have got to run, and writers have got to write.
Bring it on.