Just in time for awards season, I bring you The Fiend Queen!
Just kidding. I didn’t realize it would be coming out just after the holidays when I turned it in, let alone anywhere near awards season. And since televised awards have absolutely nothing to do with books that weren’t made into TV shows or movies, I’m pretty much out of luck all the way around.
But let’s pretend… Kerry Washington is getting out of her limo. There’s Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Julia, Meryl, Mindy, Charlize, Sophia, and Jada. They’re all here. And me, to accept the award for finishing a freakin’ fantasy series when I never dreamed I would.
Nearly a year ago, I wrote about what it was like to finish writing the series that started with The Pyramid Waltz. I speculated on how I might feel, and I’m not ashamed to say, I was completely wrong.
I thought I’d be nervous, but I feel pretty good, very thankful. I’m thankful to everybody who stuck with me, all the readers who cared enough about Katya and Starbride to want to read to the very end. I’m thankful to BSB for taking a chance on me and all the family and friends who supported and encouraged me.
“Time to play you off stage?” you ask. “Because the thanking seems to be flowing pretty thickly.” No, so don’t cue the music just yet. I promise, you won’t have to listen to me drone on forever when you’d rather the camera be lingering on Jennifer Lawrence.
When I first tried to get published, I worried that it would never happen. I didn’t really let myself think of what it would be like to someday publish an entire series. Even now that The Fiend Queen is finally here, I can hardly believe it. It’s a group effort that still feels so personal. It’s unlike anything I could have imagined.
I’ve learned a lot. I’m much more sanguine about reviews. I won’t ever please everyone. I’m much better at budgeting my time. I write much faster. Plots fall more easily into place. I’ve won a couple of awards, but I’m not crushed when I don’t.
Which is why just finishing this series feels like an award, and for everyone who has stuck with me, if I could, I’d give you a trophy. Thank you, thank you, a million times, thank you.
Okay, put the camera back on Penelope Cruz, or any of the lovely, glittery ladies you came to see. Thanks for coming. You’ haven’t seen the last of me.
p.s. I’m doing a giveaway! You can win your very own e-copy of The Fiend Queen. Leave a comment here or on my blog https://barbaraannwright.wordpress.com/ and you’ll be entered to win! I’ll announce the winner on my blog next week, so stay tuned.