I’m so happy that today is the official release day of the final book in the Pretty When She Dies trilogy. It’s been a very long journey to get to this point and I’m incredibly excited.
For those of you who don’t know, Pretty When She Dies was originally written in 2006 for a Fast Draft class with author Candace Havens. The goal was to write 5,000 words a day come hell or high water for two weeks straight. Up until this point I piddled around with my novels, writing off and on in small increments or massive writing sprees over the span of YEARS. Though the As The World Dies online serial had taught me to write at least a little bit every day or every few days, I was still struggling to the learn the discipline of writing every day.
I’d had a very vivid dream of waking up buried in a forest in East Texas, and had been wanting to turn it into a novel for some time. So I started the class by just writing the dream out in story form. Within two days the novel was unspooling in my mind at a rapid pace, and in a very short period of time Pretty When She Dies was finished. Of course, I had to revise it and have it edited, but it was a very rewarding experience to know I could write my entire first draft in a short period of time.
What I also learned from writing Pretty When She Dies is that the more I write the faster the story comes into my mind. I experience writer’s block a lot less and the story ends up richer and fuller if I just plug myself into that universe and devote massive chunks of time to writing.
Anyway, I published Pretty When She Dies in 2008 and it sold…horribly. My gritty, dark vampire novel came out during the big Twilight craze. My vampires were far from sparkling and were gruesome killers. When at events, people would come to my table, look at the cover, flinch, and say, “I like nice vampires.” I’d have to grit my teeth, smile, and not say, “There is no such thing as nice vampires.”
Pretty When She Dies went on to be my lowest selling book. It sold maybe twenty-five books in its first year of release. Though I had laid seeds for a sequel to the novel, I ditched all plans for Pretty When She Kills in the aftermath of the dismal sales.
Then True Blood became a huge hit on HBO and almost overnight sales for Pretty When She Dies skyrocketed. I was shocked when the book that barely sold 3 copies a month suddenly sold close to 400.
By 2011 fans of Pretty When She Dies were clamoring for the sequel. As soon as I was done with the revisions of As The World Dies for my new publisher, Tor, I sat down and finally wrote Pretty When She Kills. Fans gobbled it up and demanded more!
To say the very least, I was thrilled out of my freakin’ mind!
So I’m very happy and excited to announce the official publication of the final book in the trilogy. I’m really, really proud of this last book and feel it wraps up the story that started in Pretty When She Dies on a perfect note. I hope you’ll feel the same way when you read it, too. It’s been a blast writing about my unconventional heroine, Amaliya, and her ragtag group of friends and family.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the last in the trilogy! It’s been a fun ride!
Amaliya Vezorak always believed she was destined to live a failed life in obscurity until she was brutally murdered by an ancient vampire named The Summoner and reborn as a powerful vampire necromancer. Now it is up to her to save the world…
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The paperbacks should be available in a few weeks at both the Amazon and Barnes & Noble online stores.
The ebooks are available at these retailers.