My goodness, so much is happening right now, Gentle Reader.
1. I just returned home from Canada and my last event of 2013 (so much catch up to come).
2. Curtsies & Conspiracies made #5 on NYT YA Hardback bestseller list, THANK YOU so much for buying it!
3. I have an interview in Parade Magazine all about Curtsies.
4. We're training a cat.
5. Today the third volume in the manga adaptation of my books hits store in print form. Soulless Vol. 3 is the adaptation of Blameless.
I think this one may be the best. Perhaps it's because Madame Lefoux gets so much screen time. Perhaps it's the adventure format with dashing across Europe giving REM ample opportunity to exercise her mad landscape and steampunk skills. Perhaps it's the happy ending, and an extra little dose of happiness that came directly from REM's imagination and which will satisfy many fans in ways I never did.
|Madame Lefoux and Alexia cabinet card from Soulless Vol. 3|
3 Interesting Questions
1. Is this the last installment of the Manga series?
Yes, it looks like it is. REM is a little burnt out on the project, it's been years of her drawing my characters, and I imagine she wants to draw her own (or something else, or nothing at all) for a while! I understand her feelings entirely and think Blameless makes a good ending for the series. Plus, she included a special bonus ending. Lastly, frankly, it was a little odd to think about how to manga-up a inconvenienced Alexia for Heartless. I think the first three hold as a trilogy. I'm happy with the decision, but since the manga creation process has been nothing but fun for me, I am a little sad to see that aspect end.
2. I'm curious about how the manga of Soulless came to be. Is the series terribly popular in Japan? (via LadyAvalon in my Reddit AMA)
I think the books are popular in Japan. My publishing house there is quick to do the translations and they were one of the first to buy the new series: both good signs. But I don't know for certain.
But, actually, the manga has nothing to do with my Japanese translations. It's done by Yen, one of a few American-based manga houses (hence the reason the book is read from left to right). The head publisher of Yen and I met at BEA in 2009 and he complemented Soulless. I love manga so I got excited over his books. He hinted if I were ever interested in a graphic novel of my work... Was I ever! After Soulless did well, we pinged him to see if they were still interested in a manga adaptation and they were. They found REM, my amazing artist, and ta-da! I feel super lucky, it's rare for any author to get a graphic novel adaptation unless they are crazy popular like George R.R. Martin. However, Japanese publishers remain uninterested in the manga. But recently the manga sold into translation to both France and Germany.
3.What about a manga of The Finishing School Books?
No word and, so far, no interest. I'd certainly be open to the possibility, although nervous that nothing could equal what a wonderful experience I had with the Parasol Protectorate adaptations.
|Conall & Lyall cabinet card.|
GAIL'S DAILY DOSE
Your Moment of Parasol . . .
Your Infusion of Cute . . .
Your Tisane of Smart . . .
Your Writerly Tinctures . . .
|via British Paintings “Aunties’s Best Bonnet” Beatrice Offor|
PROJECT ROUND UP
Waistcoats & Weaponry ~ The Finishing School Book the Third: Almost done!
Curtsies & Conspiracies ~ The Finishing School Book the Second. Out now!
Etiquette & Espionage ~ trade paperback will be available in the US Out now!
Manga ~ Soulless Vol. 3: (AKA Blameless) Print edition OUT NOW!
Prudence ~ The Parasol Protectorate Abroad Book the First: Delayed. Why? Begin rewrite in 2014.
BIG FAT SPOILER ALERT on the Parasol Protectorate series!
Please DON'T READ THE BLURB ON AMAZON if you haven't read the other books first!
Parasol Protectorate Series manga graphic novels
Kirkus Reviews the first volume of the manga. “The Parasol Protectorate's first volume, Soulless, is a love story, and I don't read love stories. Yet, I read this one and loved it, and when the time came, I picked up the graphic novel of the same name: Soulless: The Manga, Volume 1.”
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