Welcome UK readers!
I was thrilled when my publisher released The Lost Daughter (known in the US as The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes) in the United Kingdom last year. It was embraced by so many new-to-me readers and made #1 on the Heatseekers’ Chart. The Heatseekers’ Chart in the UK contains books by up and coming authors who have yet to appear on the bestseller list there. I hope one day to climb into that rarified atmosphere, but for now I’m excited to be exactly where I am. My second book released in the UK is The Bay at Midnight, which was published in mid-December. After four weeks climbing the Heatseekers’ Chart, it too reached the top spot this week. I feel so lucky!
Those of you who’ve been reading my blog a long time know that The Bay at Midnight has a special place in my heart, since the setting was my childhood summer home. I wasn’t sure how the book would translate to a UK audience. Sure enough, one of the reviews mentioned certain American cultural references, such as Leave it to Beaver, 81 year-old Maria working at a McDonald’s, and the boardwalk at the Jersey Shore. Yet the reviews have been great and my readers across the pond seem to enjoy the story even if they’ve never heard of Wally and The Beave. The world feels so small sometimes, doesn’t it?
Before the Storm and Secrets She Left Behind will also be published in the UK this year. It’s so much fun to see these books get a second life. Thanks, UK readers, for taking my stories into your hearts.
(Thank you, British reader Diane Beharrell for snapping this photo at the Gatwick London Airport!)