When an author releases his or her first best seller, it’s usually only the beginning. That hit paves the way for an author to continue releasing literary works, ensuring a successful writing career. Unfortunately for some authors, their first published book ends up being their only novel. Whether it’s due to writer’s block, an early death, or privacy wishes, these eight authors released one outstanding, best-selling novel before disappearing off the radar.
1. Arthur Golden, Memoirs of a Geisha
Published in 1997, Golden spent six years writing and researching Memoirs of a Geisha, a book that tells the story of Sayuri, a girl who is sold into slavery at the age of 9, per BuzzFeed. When this book first came out, it was an immediate hit. It spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, selling over 4 million copies.
In an interview with CNN shortly after the book was released, Golden said he had another hit in the works: “Well, I’m working on something that has absolutely nothing to do with Japan. I finally got the book written on Japan that I wanted to write. So I’m off to another subject that’s set here in the U.S., actually.”
But while his bestseller has since been made into a movie, we have yet to see another hit from Golden.