We got back from the signing tour for Dead Heat last week. As tours go, it was a short one, less than a week long, but they're still exhausting. I don't know how professional musicians (who may tour for months at a time) manage to stay sane. I'd be dead within the month!
This signing tour was rendered doubly-awesome because we were traveling with Anne Bishop. Anne is a delightful and interesting travel companion, and the fourth book of The Others series, Vision In Silver came out the same day as Dead Heat. I have to confess to feeling a little left out: although I've read the Black Jewels and much of Anne's older material, I hadn't read "The Others". Of course Patty and her assistant Ann had, which meant I was the only member of our happy troop that couldn't chatter excitedly about the plot twists and character development. I hope I managed to look like I was nodding sagely instead of falling quietly asleep1.
This was a series of almost-perfect signings. The crowds were generally in the 150-200 person range, which is large enough to feel like a solid gathering, and small enough that Patty and Anne could spend a few moments talking to people as they came through the line. For the most part, I think that everyone from the proprietors to the last reader standing had a good time. Between Patty and Anne, the line was a little slower than usual (two authors to talk to, instead of one!). I think it worked well, but we did have one bookstore that pointedly put all the chairs away and was basically rolling up the carpets under the last ten or twenty patrons. *sigh*. Still, overall, a grand time was had by all!
- After hearing everyone else gush about these books for a week, I've purchased them on audible and am listening quite raptly to the series. I would like to add my sincere recommendation to that of, well, everyone else!
Mercy Is Back in ComicsBy: Mike Aug 14, 2014
A few years ago we launched a series of Mercy Thompson comic books. The series launched with an origin story called Homecoming that was eventually released as a graphic novel, and then we tried to adapt the a couple of the Mercy and Alpha and Omega novels to the comic book format. We got to work with some very talented people, and it was fun to see the stories in graphic form, but there was something missing.
Almost two years ago, we called Nick Barruchi, the president of Dynamite, with a feeling of dread in our stomachs. We carefully explained that while we enjoyed working with him and his crew, we felt that final product was slightly lackluster, and that we would not be continuing. Much to our amazement, instead of anger and blame, Nick agreed with our assessment. He carefully explained that re-hashing the novels meant that we were playing to a limited audience. That meant production costs had to be controlled, which affected how much time the artists and writers could spend, which obviously affects the final product. Then he made us an offer — if Patty would come up with an original story idea, something that she would be comfortable basing a novel on, and let him base a graphic novel on it, he would do his best to blow her away.
We thought it over, and decided to take a chance. Patty thought up a creepy story that might have made a good novel, and sent it to Nick. Frankly, our expectations weren't too high. Then we saw the story draft, and it was good. We began to hope. The first art rolled in, Patty asked for a few corrections, and they were made promptly and the revised panels showed a great deal of promise. We got more excited. Then we saw the colored versions, and we have to admit that Nick has kept his word. This is a comic we're proud to be part of.
The original plan was to skip the comic medium, and publish this as a stand alone graphic novel, but after seeing the first dozen or so pages, it was decided to release it in comic form first. So, the first eposide of Mercy Thomposon: Hopcross Jilly will be available in October. You can find more information on