If you voted for PANDEMIC in the Goodreads Best Books of 2014 Awards, thanks! We notched a Top-10 finish in Horror, which ain’t bad. Having 6,656 peeps vote for your book? It’s quite fantastic and I love all of your faces.
Two of my buddies had great showings as well. Jonathan Maberry finished a bit ahead of me with his novel CODE ZERO (if you like my stuff and you’re not reading his Joe Ledger series, you are missing out). And, the fair-haired young whippersnapper Pierce Brown won the “Debut Author” category. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know Pierce over the past year, and he is a helluva person with big, big things ahead of him. His novel RED RISING is a must-read (I’m halfway through the sequel, GOLDEN SON, which is chock-full of bloody action). Trust me on this: the book is pimp.
So, a fantastic showing, but also an illustration of how far I have yet to go to reach my career goals. Anne Rice and Dean Koontz are horror royalty and have thousands of “automatic readers” based on brand-name alone. Some newcomers really rocketed to the tops of the charts, namely M.R. Carey (THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS) and Josh Mallerman (BIRD BOX), neither of which I have read. I’m sure they have exciting things ahead of them as well.
So while I am wired to win all the things all the time and I always want to be #1, finishing Top-10 amongst that crowd is frickin’ awesome.
As usual, I owe it all to y’all. And your faces. You rock.