Is everyone ready? Are we all sitting comfortably?
Today we got to announce some AMAZING NEWS about The Butterfly Garden: it’s been optioned for film by Anonymous Content and PalmStar Media!
You can read the official announcement on Deadline , but I’ll pre-empt a few of the most common responses (and answer some other questions I’ve gotten in quantity) below.
OH MY GOD IT’S GOING TO BE A MOVIE!!!
The option actually translates pretty literally: they’ve purchased the option to pursue development. It might move forward, it might not (because as strange an industry as publishing is, Hollywood is so much stranger) but Anonymous Content and PalmStar Media have the chance to play with it and see where it goes. It’s not a guarantee, but it’s a HUGE step in an exciting direction.
CAN I SEND IN MY HEADSHOT/AUDITION TAPE/FIRSTBORN CHILD?
No, no, and um…NO.
If this moves forward, I will have zero input on casting. Excitement is amazing and wonderful, and I hope you are excited, because this is awesome! But I will have absolutely no influence on roles or actors or anything of that nature.
WHEN WILL IT BE OUT?
See answer the first–at least point, we can’t even be sure it’s going to move forward, so let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.
WILL THE BOOK BE AVAILABLE IN [INSERT COUNTRY]?
If it doesn’t come up on Amazon or your favorite retail page, the rights may not have sold for that territory. Best bet? If you’re comfortable reading in English, Book Depository ships worldwide! You can also e-mail publishers in your country and express interest. My Contacts page has been updated with addresses for foreign rights queries. Hopefully my creepy darlings will continue to make their way into the wider world.
CAN I GET A SIGNED COPY OF THE BOOK?
YES! (If you live in the US; sorry)
My local Barnes & Noble has it in stock, and can take orders over the phone for signed copies to ship out from the store. Because the books will be leaving from the store, rather than the warehouse, there is a shipping charge, but the books are signed and, given the pertinent information and a day or two’s grace for my getting in there, can be personalized. The phone number is: 1-402-393-6223, and store hours are Sunday: 10am-7pm CT, Monday through Saturday, 9am-9pm CT.
WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND ON FACEBOOK?
I’m sorry, but no. I do have an author page (sidebar) and you are welcome to leave comments or questions or messages there–it makes my day when you do! But my personal facebook is just that, and it’s for the people I actually know. Being online, it can be difficult to separate out what’s professional from what’s personal, but for my own introverted sense of well-being, that is a line I have to maintain. You are more than welcome to follow me on Twitter or tumblr or my author facebook, and I’ve got my e-mail up on my Contacts as well, but my personal facebook stays separate.
WILL THERE BE A SEQUEL?
There will be a companion novel out next year, entitled Roses of May, and while it’s not a direct sequel, we will be following our Butterflies and FBI team for a time. The bulk of the story shifts to a new case, a new story, but some things don’t leave us so easily. Is it surprising if Butterflies have a way of lingering?
One more thing.
For all your reviews, your conversations, emails, comments, tweets, your enthusiasm and the way you’re talking it up, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart. You’re amazing. The response to this book has absolutely blown me away and I am so, so grateful.
More news as I learn it!
I think I’ve finally reached the point where I can’t bring myself to apologize for radio silence anymore. It’s just kind of what it is. BUT! I have news!
On the heels of THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN, another book sold! Coming next year, the Butterflies will have a companion novel, following our favorite FBI team as an old case comes back to haunt them when a young woman starts looking into her sister’s murder. I am *extremely* excited about this one, provided I can ever figure out how to write it. Turns out, writing a book after the fact is a very, very different thing than writing it before the sale.
Also, THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN will be coming out in Germany! It’s in translation now, but it’s expected out later this year, and I will be good and give you all that information as soon as it becomes available. There’s some other exciting stuff in the works, so expect even more announcements in the nearish future! (I know, you’ll actually hear from me more than twice this year. Isn’t that crazy?)
And the best piece, at least for today, I HAVE A COVER! When we started looking at cover ideas, this was the first one, and I think we all latched onto it immediately as YES THIS IS IT WHO THE HELL WAS SACRIFICED TO THE COVER GODS TO ACHIEVE THIS MASTERY?! So, you know, we’re rather fond of it.
It’s simple, and striking, and ever so slightly ominous, and if that doesn’t entirely encapsulate the book, nothing does.
Drop a line below, tell me what you think!