"I was still mortal, the night it all began."
So begins the tale of Maraina Blackwood, protagonist of LILITU: THE MEMOIRS OF A SUCCUBUS--which so happens to be launching this Friday, March 27th!
Watch me read the first chapter:
If you enjoyed watching me read and still need to pre-order, here's the link: http://getbook.at/Lilitu
In other news, on Saturday I had a fabulous time being interviewed by Martin Lastrapes for his Podcast, The Martin Lastrapes Show. That will go up on March 27th, the day of LILITU's launch. I'm also doing a few more interviews in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for those.
On a more personal note, I'm going to take a moment to talk about the current Coronavirus pandemic. It's a super difficult time for us all. I have friends and housemates who have lost their jobs, or who live in constant fear of getting the virus because they would probably die from it. It feels almost inevitable that we'll all lose people we love in the next few months.
Right now, life feels like the beginning of an apocalypse novel, like Stephen King's The Stand. Heck, it feels like the first act of a zombie movie, except instead of eating flesh, people are gobbling up toilet paper and hand sanitizer. The joke among my friends is that this is a "slowpocalypse"--a shitty, boring, slow-moving apocalypse rather than a cool, exciting one where we get to drive weird cars and shoot flamethrowers. (Personally, I think apocalypses suck to go through with or without flamethrowers, but that's just me.)
It's been difficult to reconcile LILITU's place in all this. I am competing with highly important news. LILITU is launching at a time when everyone, even me, is hyper-focused on Coronavirus updates, and with good reason. Heck, with how fast things are changing, I don't know what the world will look like by Friday's launch.
It's made promoting the book much more challenging. There were many things I was planning to do to promote the book that are no longer an option. I was going to have a launch party/signing/live reading; call bookstores to make sure they had copies; go to the horror writer's convention StokerCon in the UK. But now bookstores are closed, StokerCon was postponed, and traveling to the UK is impossible. Above all, getting people's attention is challenging. It's hard not to be a bit morose about that.
None of this means that the decade of hard work I spent on this novel is in vain. I've had some wonderfully supportive people come to me and tell me how excited they are to read it; early readers tell me how much they enjoyed it; and all of that warms my heart and makes it all worth it. I can only hope that the book brings some pleasure to people during these difficult times.
I'm hugely appreciative of anyone who has been supportive right now, given all that's going on. So if you've pre-ordered the book, covered it in your blog, reviewed it, or retweeted or shared any of my posts about it or otherwise supported me--thank you. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much.
Thanks for reading. Wishing you a safe next few months.