We had to scramble to leave our fantastic hut at Zamas Hotel in Tulum, Mexico a day early this week to avoid a head-to-head collision with Hurricane Earl. Somehow we managed to get two seats on a flight out, and we ended up home late the same evening. As always, Ferdinan, our trusted employee and house-sitter, had stacked our mail in two piles for us on the desk in the library. What I found in my stack hit me with the force of a tropical storm.
Storytelling that’s Scary Good
Imagine my surprise when I saw the enormous photo of me smiling back at me on the front page of the Life section of The Spirit of Jefferson. The Spirit is one of the great remaining local papers left in the country, and we are lucky it serves our neck of the woods in Jefferson County, WV. When I was interviewed by veteran journalist, Bonnie Williamson a few weeks ago, I never imagined the amount of coverage my book would get. The Dead of Winter was only my first novel, after all, and in the horror genre to boot.
But I sensed something fishy had been going on. I had heard via one grapevine or another that due to a sudden surge in demand for my book, The Dead of Winter, the Four Seasons Bookstore in Shepherdstown, WV, had to reorder it. I assumed it was because some of my friends, who had insisted they would buy The Dead of Winter when it came out last October, finally stepped up. Now I realize it was Bonnie’s article in The Spirit.
Maybe I’ll experience another bump when my friends actually do buy it…later.