The Madman's Daughter was released for sale on Tuesday, and to celebrate we held a launch party at my family's bookstore, Highland Books, in my hometown of Brevard NC. I was so touched by everyone who came: former teachers, friends from high school, church members, former coworkers, writing friends, community members. We had between 300-400 people, and sold over 300 books in two hours, which was a huge success!
I also want to thank some very special colleagues who were able to attend. Adams Literary agent Quinlan Lee and intern Samantha Bagood drove over from Charlotte:
And fellow local YA authors Stephanie Perkins and Alexandra Duncan made an appearance:
And I had a fantastic surprise when Lis Rowinski, who oversees Fake Empire Productions's film business, flew in from Hollywood! Lis optioned The Madman's Daughter for film, and it was wonderful to meet her in person and learn a little more about the movie-making process:
I also owe a huge thanks to everyone who helped with the party, and especially to Cathy Goden for her incredible "Victorian creepy" decorations. She made from scratch this claw and book and incredible doll of one of the book's characters, Balthazar. If any of you have read the book, you'll understand why Balthazar is my favorite character. I have the doll sitting on my bookshelves now and it's such a great gift.
More launch party photos to come in the next blog post!