In a Witch's Wardrobe hit #22 on the New York Times Bestsellers list!
I've read the New York Times ever since I moved to New York from California, when I was in my early twenties. Even though I eventually moved back to California, I've always kept a subscription...and I've always read the Book Review.
To see my name listed there is an indescribable feeling.
When I first started writing books, it was a lark. It was so much
fun to spend time with my characters, think up story lines, and not have
to footnote anything! (I used to write academic articles, which is a very
different kind of writing, to say the least.)
But I never *really*
thought I would be published.
And even once I was published, I never
*really* thought I'd be able to quit the day job.
When the books were
doing well enough to allow me to quite my day job, I never *really*
thought they'd keep doing well.
And then what happened? I look at the bestsellers list, and there's my book, right there in the New York Times! (sort of -- only the first 20 titles are listed in the print edition of the paper, so I'm only listed on line. But still. I'll take what I can get!)
So thank you thank you thank you, all you readers out there who defy the doomsday predictions that people no longer read fiction. Thank you for supporting your local independent bookstores, traditional publishers, and authors like me who make a living by sharing our stories with you.
You have *seriously* made my month!