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New Book!

It's not out quite yet -- the official release date is December 10 -- but I received my author copies yesterday, and I'm totally jazzed.  It looks great.  The maps, the jacket art, the interior production; I'm pleased with all of it.  We've gotten some great blurbs for it (Thanks sartorias! Thanks kateelliott!) and some very nice reviews (PW, Booklist, Romantic Times).  All in all, I couldn't be happier (unless of course it were to debut on the NYT Bestsellers List, but I'm not expecting that....)

In many ways, this is the most gratifying release I've ever had, and I think that's because it was such a difficult book to write.  I struggled with the thing throughout, and for a long time wondered if there really was a book there, much less a trilogy.  But as I was writing it, I had an epiphany related to the plotting, and by the time I finished I had begun to think differently about the entire project.  I put it away for a while and then read it through again.  And I loved it.  My editor helped me clean up a few parts that needed work; I made a few changes on my own.  By the time we were done with the rewrites, I was convinced that it was my best book to date.

Part of what I like about it is that it's unlike any of my previous work.  The hero is an old man; the villain is a woman who has been twisted and embittered by a wrong done her more than sixty years before.  The story deals with issues of prejudice and cultural identity, of the ways in which ancient hatreds continue to inform everyday relationships. 

I could go on, but I won't, except to say I feel very fortunate that I get to do this for a living.  I don't care how many books I write; I'll never get sick of seeing a new one in print for the first time.

Today's music:  Willis Alan Ramsey


( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 5th, 2007 05:41 pm (UTC)
Congrats, David! I'll be sure to pick up the book!
Dec. 5th, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Steve!
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Dec. 5th, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Alis. That means a lot, particularly coming from a writer of your calibre.
Dec. 5th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
The characterizations were so good, the story so interesting--a nifty blend of the Good Stuff we come to genre for, and subtle insights and complex reasons, motivations and reactions, that I had a tough time putting that book down. May it do well!
Dec. 5th, 2007 07:54 pm (UTC)
Thanks very much, Sherwood. Your quote, and Alis's, are displayed prominently on the jacket. I'm sure that whatever success the book enjoys will be due in no small part to your blurbs.
Dec. 6th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
Um, David, that icon's a little hard for old eyes... So what the TITLE of this new classic, for those who might want to know... :-)
Dec. 6th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
An excellent question from my new publicity consultant, Stephen Leigh.....

The title is THE SORCERERS' PLAGUE; it's the first volume of Blood of the Southlands.
Dec. 6th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Taking publicity advice from me? Gods, you are in trouble! :-)
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