Last night I tweeted that it felt like Christmas eve and I hoped to wake up with a stack of HER DARK CURIOSITY under the book launch tree. Someone up there must have been listening, because I woke to a beautiful dusting of snow and dozens of tweets, emails, Facebook posts, and texts sending congratulations.
I can't think of many other occupations besides being an author where you can literally hold you entire year's worth of work in one hand. It's a strange feeling to hold a book, knowing how much work and heartache and frustration and love went into it. It seems so simple, but it isn't simple at all. On my end, it took months to write the first draft, then more months to revise and edit. On my publisher's side, it took hard work designing the cover and working with the printer and turning it into a physical product. It's been such a personal journey to make this book that it's both exhilarating and frightening that it's now about to go into the hands of booksellers, librarians, book clubs, and readers.
So many people helped me create this story and spread the word about it, and I wanted to take the time to thank some of them personally here. First of all, to my editor Kristin Rens and Balzer + Bray, who pushed me harder than I knew I could go, but I came through it with a story I'm proud of, because of you. To my agent Josh Adams and Adams Literary, for first taking a chance on me. For all my author friends who have been kind enough to read drafts of this book: especially Megan Miranda, Beth Revis, and Carrie Ryan for talking me down from the ledge. To my family, for supporting the book even with its monsters and mayhem, and to my husband Jesse for encouraging me to give this crazy writing thing a go.
Most of all, thanks to the readers. The Madman's Daughter fandom might not be big enough to take over the world (yet), but you readers of all ages, genders, and countries have touched me deeply with your letters and notes and reviews. I don't think a single day went by without hearing from someone out there who had loved the book. I can't pick a favorite moment: seeing the book on a bookstore's "staff recommended" shelf, meeting a reader at an event who connected with a disabled character, hearing from a librarian that kids had decorated their entire school in a madman theme for a school project. All these moments mean so much to me, and I thank you all for reading & being a part of the Madman's Daughter world. I hope you pick up a copy of the sequel today and enjoy it just as much.
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