Some of the 8 Ladies have been published before, so it’s not technically our first book, but it’s the one Jeanne was working on when we all first met (virtually) in class at McDaniel College. When she said it was a re-telling of the story of Job as a paranormal romantic comedy I remember thinking, “that’s interesting, and different.”
Because we spent a whole year in class talking about our stories and critiquing each other’s scenes, I think we all feel a certain sense of ownership of this book. We got to know Jeanne’s dark, snarky, funny voice. We saw her delete a fantastic opening scene only to replace it with one even better. We watched her polish her manuscript until it became a Golden Heart winner, and then take it up another level with the help of rigorous professional editing.
The achievement is all Jeanne’s, but I can’t tell you how much joy I feel when I see this book on sale. It’s thrilling for me, and I’m sure the other Ladies would say the same.
Even more exciting is the knowledge that there are more books to come, from Jeanne (her second book, The Demon’s In the Details, will follow before the end of the year), and Nancy, who said recently that her Too Clever By Half Victorian novella should be on sale in November, and Kay, whose Phoebe trilogy began life in class at McDaniel and is now in the works. It makes me even more determined to join the fun as soon as I can (next year!), and I know Justine is also making plans.
When the Ladies first got to know one another, in the summer of 2012, I doubt any of us thought it would take us so long to get to this point. At some dark moments during the following six years, I started to wonder whether we’d ever get here or at least, whether I would. Now, Jeanne has crossed the finishing line—or maybe a new starting line—and it’s an amazing feeling.
Whether you’ve been following our blog for awhile, or you’re new to the party, thank you for sharing our adventures and please join me in raising a glass of cyber-champagne or the beverage of your choice to toast Jeanne Oates Estridge and The Demon Always Wins 🙂