Thieves of Fire is the book that almost didn’t get published.
Let me explain.
If you ask 20 writers about their writing process, you’ll probably get 40 different answers. Some love their old typewriters. Some outline their whole books before penning a word. Others just start with a general idea and figure it out as they go along. Etcetera, etcetera.
Well, I started writing Thieves of Fire in order to answer questions left hanging around unanswered in The Road Unsalted. For example, I wanted to know why Carding’s most famous resident, an artist named Joseph Stillman Croft, made the two women he hated most the heirs of his estate. And why would his will stipulate that the massive, dark and forbidding painting known as Thieves of Fire hang just where he’d left it or that estate would be forfeit?
To tell you the truth, I had no idea how to answer those questions when I began so my writing process was actually a process of discovery.
Which sounds like it should be fun but at one point, I wrote myself into a big knot, and struggled to pull the parts of the story together.
But then one night, at a party, I got into a conversation with a friend about a young woman we both knew whose life had taken an early twist with life-shaping consequences. I had never heard the end of that young woman’s story but my friend had, and she filled in the blanks.
The next morning, I realized that I now knew what happened in Thieves of Fire. The book was finished a month later.
Now, I have two versions of Thieves of Fire in my inventory. I have a small number of Advance Reading Copies (ARCs) and a much larger number of first editions. Let me explain what an ARC is so you can decide which version you want.
In publishing, review copies (known in the trade as Advance Reading Copies or ARCs) of a book are printed months before the finished copies. This long lead time allows critics to publish their reviews simultaneously with the appearance of finished books.
Because ARCs are printed before the final proofreading of a book, there are usually errors in the text, as is the case with my ARCs of Thieves of Fire.
You can order copies by going to our BOOK SALE page and filling out the order form. We will invoice you so you can pay by debit or credit card, and then the books will be on their way.