Dear internets, as you may know, because I mention it every ten minutes, my debut novel is coming out in April. Advanced Reading Copies are e’en now in the hands of librarians, booksellers and reviewers. I regard this process with some apprehension. I never thought I would be the kind of writer who suddenly backtracks: “Oh no, no need to read the book! It is enough that it exists! I don’t want anyone to strain themselves by actually passing their eyes over the words.”
Sadly, it turns out I am exactly that kind of writer! Happily, this is out of my hands.
Yesterday, I woke up to an email from a young woman whose librarian mother had acquired a Guardian of the Dead ARC, and then passed it on to her. She read it, liked it (!) and then passed it on to the friends in her book club (!!!). These five girls read their single copy of my book in turn in order to discuss it with each other.
I have never been more honoured in my life.
Oops, I am tearing up a bit now, and that won’t do, because I am not even at the BEST bit. The BEST bit is that their book club, Let Them Eat Cake, likes to read and discuss books, and then bake a cake inspired by them.
THEY MADE A CAKE. INSPIRED BY MY BOOK. THEY MADE A CAKE!
Internets, you cannot imagine my joy at the notion that my work had prompted smart, thoughtful teenagers to creativity. I attempted to express this to Let Them Eat Cake via email, but then last night I got to thinking that perhaps this wasn’t enough.
So, in an attempt to answer in kind, I created Cupcakes of Gratitude.
Girls, thank you so much. No matter what happens with my work in the near or distant future, here is something that no one will ever be able to take away from me. I hope it was delicious.