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 enjoy whimsy?
turns five 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 14 different territories for translation. There's
been a graphic novel manga version (which itself is now
translated into French 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
. There is even a fan site
Little did I know how much that one book would so utterly change my life.
In these last five years:
- After getting my second masters degree I put my PhD on indefinite hiatus.
- I gave up teaching archeology, discontinued my experimental work, and stopped my field visits.
- Basically, I switched careers.
- I relocated twice.
- I visited 9 foreign countries promoting the books, 5 of which I've never traveled to before.
- I made countless new friends and been blessed with a chance to visit old ones.
- I 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 10 additional books: 4 followups to Soulless, 1 YA sci-fi, and 4 YA Finishing School books, 1 Custard Protocol book.
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 tough times in social media, and made
more than my 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.
Thanks for five glorious years!
Soulless's original cover art photograph and the cover that never was.
Many of you have been with me all along, and several of you have already posted to 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 in the comments bellow, I would love to read them. I'm in edit hell right now so I might not have tiem to respond to each individually but i promise that I do read them all.