Today’s Brew: Caramel Apple Something or other.
The first advance copies of Because The Night are in the hands of my street team and reviewers. Many people have read this book before, but having it out there, almost for real, is nothing short of terrifying. Every time someone says they’re reading it, my stomach twists up and I forget to breathe for a second. It’s like that dream when you show up to high school without your clothes on.
This isn’t just any book I’ve asked for an opinion and a review on, it’s mine. They are the characters I created and nurtured. It’s the story I wrote. In short, they’re judging my imagination. Kind of what makes me, well, me.
Next month, I’m the featured author in Opening Line. Unless they decide my book is an unpromotable piece of slop and rescind their offer. They’re reading it now. And live tweeting it. A literary magazine. Nothing to see here, move along.
A street team member tweeted that he loaded his kindle with “Kristen Strassel and Stephen King.” IN THE SAME SENTENCE. He said that. How can I compare to the God forsaken master?
Most of the feedback I’ve had so far has been very positive, and I love everyone who has enjoyed it. The thing that’s the most surprising is how strongly people feel about the male lead characters.
Some are very strongly into Blade.
And others enjoy Tristan.
I always worry when someone expresses a strong preference in one of the other, because I know how the story turns out and I wonder how each camp will feel about the ending. At first, I was upset if someone really liked one of the guys and disliked the other, but then I realized that the party lines were splitting kind of evenly. That’s cool! You guys are good! Now we have something to talk about.
There’s nothing that can prepare you for this. It’s strange and scary and the coolest thing ever.
I should buy stock in antacid before release day.