Little did I know, the UPS truck I just passed was making a delivery to my house. I wasn’t expecting any packages and was surprised to find a manila envelope sitting by my door. I felt the familiar shape of a hardcover book through the padding and saw it was shipped directly from Simon & Schuster/Gallery Books. Gleefully, I tore open the envelope flap and pulled out an advance copy of Alma Katsu’s new book, “The Reckoning”!
The Reckoning is book 2 in a supernatural trilogy that begins with “The Taker”. It “continues the stunning tale of an immortal woman at the heart of a 200 year love triangle who is grappling with the truth that the heart wants what it wants…no matter how high the stakes”. YUM – right up my alley.
However, besides the fact that novels with paranormal/supernatural themes are among my favorite genres, Alma has been, and continues to be, an inspiration for my own writing.
I first met Alma during a Writers’ Group meeting at which she attended as the guest speaker. Thanks to her candid discussion of her own experiences, I found the incentive to discover a path to jumpstart my own writing – which led to my most recent success. My short story, “Of Winter’s Curse”, was selected for inclusion in a “DC Horror Anthology” that is about to enter the publishing process.
And every time I meet some nay-sayer preaching how impossible it is for a new author to break into the traditional publishing industry, I think of Alma’s hard work, dedication, and ultimate success. It happened for her. It can happen to others too. We just need to keep writing – and reading!
So TahTah for now. It’s time for me to find a shady tree, sip some iced herbal tea, and get lost inside the pages of The Reckoning.