nervous debut author hummed and hawed over her offering. Would anyone
actually like it? It was such an odd mash up of paranormal, steampunk,
and comedy – who would enjoy such a ridiculous story? Were there readers
out there irreverent enough to want whimsy?
turns six years old today. The silly little book that I thought would find a home in only a very few
people's hearts seems to have miraculously wormed its way out into the world and touched many.
has now sold into 15 different territories for translation. There has
been a graphic novel manga version (which itself is now
translated into French, Taiwanese, and German) and an omnibus. It's been optioned for TV. It's
spawned a dress up doll
, various videos
, fan art, several tea parties, audio books, cosplay, and an iPhone app
Little did I know how much that one book would so utterly change my life.
In these last six years:
- After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
- I gave up teaching archaeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits.
- Basically, I switched careers.
- I visited a dozen foreign countries promoting the books, half of which I've never traveled to before.
- I made countless new friends and been blessed with a chance to visit old ones.
- I've watched the steampunk movement grow and expand.
went to conventions and signings all over the world and learned valuable lessons from fellow authors.
- I ate hundreds of foods, dishes, and sweets I'd never tried before.
- I wrote 11 additional books: 4 followups to Soulless, 1 YA sci-fi, and 4 YA Finishing School books, 2 Custard Protocol books.
best of all, I got to meet my readers: some here on the blog, some on Twitter, some on Facebook, some in person ~ all of you so warm and fun
and strong and smart.
have been good reviews and glorious ones, nasty gripes and soundly
presented critiques. I've tackled rough times in social media, and made my fair share of online mistakes. But in the end, it always came
back to Soulless
and the writing. Did the book make you smile? Then I did my job.
So, thank you so very much, Gentle Reader, and if you have the time or inclination please raise up a teacup in honor of Soulless
, who's original secret code name, at the dawn of this blog, was "The Little Paranormal That Could." I guess Soulless
could and did.
And if you put a spot of amaretto in your tea, well, I won't tell.
Thank you all for six glorious years!
Soulless's original cover art photograph and the cover that never was.
of you have been with me all along, and several of you have already
posted comments on my similar October 1 posts of the past, for which I thank you.
But if you would like to share your "How I discovered Soulless" story, I would love to read it.