Notes from a Drama Queen

New York Times Bestselling Author

Sunday, November 05, 2006

My darlings! I made it. At looooong last, I finally made the New York Times Bestseller List, coming in at number 33 on the Extended List. I'd begin to think it was impossible, but I rallied the troops (the New Jersey Romance Writers chapter were starting a campaign) and suddenly, here I am. My fabulous agent called on Thursday with the news, and I promptly burst into tears and cried for half an hour. I never realized I was quite so ambitious.
No, it isn't really ambition. It's that I love my books, really love them, and I want other people to love them too.
That hideously unflattering photo is me celebrating at a Japanese restaurant in Stowe. I drank plum wine, then came home and drank Moet champagne to celebrate such an auspicious event.
And you, my darlings, did it for me. Bless you all. In return, I promise to give you deliciously dark books and never take the easy way out.


Blogger Mary Stella said...

Krissie, I heard about you making the list over the weekend and cheered out loud with friends. I remember emailing with you about the list months ago for the RBL Romantica article. I'm thrilled that you made it. Lord knows you deserved it sooner! Major congratulations!

2:29 PM  
Blogger Isabel Swift said...

Congratulations! As you can imagine, iBOAS and I are totally thrilled. xox,

2:39 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Vanak said...


I'm so happy for you! You deserve it, you truly do. Cold As Ice is hot. GREAT book. You rock!

4:37 PM  
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6:21 PM  
Blogger zeldaz said...

CANNOT believe that you haven't been on the NYT bestsellers list before. You are so deserving. I really, really love your books too!

6:23 PM  
Blogger flip said...

Congrats on your long overdue appearance on the New York Times Bestselling list. You are one of my favorite writers. I search long and hard for your hard to find out of print books and I automatically buy your new books as they come out.

I loved Cold as Ice and I can't wait for the next book in the series. So what are the current works in progress....needy readers want to know.

6:48 PM  
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11:27 PM  
Blogger Virginia Kantra said...

Hooray! So well-deserved.

I had to go out of town for a funeral (in Arizona--seven hours in planes and cars and airports, and yes, it sucked) and threw Cold as Ice in my purse as I was literally walking out the door.


I was hoping to be distracted. I hadn't counted on being blown away. It wasn't just your hero (how can a guy so cold be so hot?) or your heroine, who was tenacious and smart, or your I-think-I've seen-him-running-for-office villain. Your writing is amazing, clean and spare and nerve-scrapingly evocative.

April? I have to wait until April?

Well, I'll be another reader standing in line waiting to put you back on that list.


9:43 AM  
Blogger Care Taker said...

Mucho congrats, Anne! And as for the recent kerfluffle regarding your mild remarks on the publishing biz, more power to ya! What you said, ditto! You remain my goddess idol.

11:22 AM  
Blogger Care Taker said...

Oops. Meant to sign in under my other nom de blog, not "Caretaker." Deborah Smith. Again, huzzah to Anne! You go, girl!

11:25 AM  
Blogger Spifferfish said...

I'm only amazed that you weren't on it sooner. You're books are FABULOUS!!! Congratulations and I can't wait to read your next bestseller.

6:10 PM  
Blogger flip said...

When I read this article, I thought about the pre-release publicity about Cold as Ice and the uproar over an allegedly bi-sexual hero.

"The Fatwa Against Books!

Carolyn Honors Dead Nobel Winner and
Shames Those Who Would Commit a Book to Death

This week Time magazine reported that Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz died at 94. They called him a hero. The book Time called "his bravest" was Children of the Alley, a parable of Islam which was banned in most Arab countries. Mahfouz was condemned to death by a fatwa but continued to roam about in his native Cairo. One day he was stabbed.

That did not stop him. He held salons (something I suggest writers do more often -- I even used a salon as a launch for my book of creative nonfiction, Harkening) where he encouraged people to discuss whatever they wanted to and I shouldn't need to remind you that Egypt is a Muslim country. Thus, he won. Those who seek to silence lost. He once told a fellow, Paul Theroux, "I feel no hatred, but it is very bad to try to kill someone for a book you haven't read."

Because I write often about tolerance (This Is the Place, Harkening, Tracings) this, of course, touched me. In fact, I was doubly touched because Mahfouz's story illustrates not only religious and political intolerance but also intolerance against books. Today the publishing industry (that includes all of us -- reviewers, readers, presses, distributors, etc) is committing a fatwa of sorts against books that are not printed on an offset press, the books of authors who choose to publish alternatively not necessarily -- I might add -- because no traditional press will have them. There are dozens of other reasons why authors choose a more independent route.

Isn't this like judging a book by its cover? Doesn't it feel like an effort to silence those who speak with a different voice? You may say I am reaching. Perhaps I am. But I think Mahfouz would likely have agreed that an attempt to kill a book, either directly or coming at it from an angle by denying it without knowing anything about its content, its quality -- is at least distant kin to trying to kill the author who wrote it. To us authors, at least, our books are living, breathing part of us. We don't want to see them die because others are unwilling to judge them on their own merits."

4:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congratulations Sister Krissie, this is years overdue! (And kudos to you for being too classy to concern yourself with whiney anonymous mudslingers... honestly, some people's children!)

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WooOOOoo HooOOOoo!!! I'm absolutely thrilled for you.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I heard that your Ice series has a bisexual character. If this is true you could nominate (or have your publisher nominate)your book for a 2006 Lammy award. There is a new bisexual award category. The deadline for nominations is Dec 1st-so hurry. Contact Lambda Literary Foundation for info or contact me.

8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The URL for the Lammy award info is

Application form link is at bottom of page.

(I would have posted it before but their website was temporarily out of wack.)

8:44 PM  
Blogger Eva Gale said...

There is no one who deserves it more.

Happy # 33! May it only rise higher!

5:09 PM  
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3:19 PM  
Blogger popsicle-toes said...

Congratulations!! You are the only author whose books I can honestly say I love, all of them. Careful, for I will definitely count on your promise to never take the easy way out :-) What better promise can an author give her readers than that?!

PS: your new website look is beauuutiful! Captured the essence of your books dead on.

Thanks for hours and hours of wonderful reading you've given me.

5:09 PM  
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