It’s been nearly a month since Promise Not to Tell hit the stores, and I couldn’t be happier with how things are going. People magazine reviewed it in their April 30 issue, giving it 4 out of 4 stars and saying, “McMahon's gift is the deliciously twisty way she subverts all your expectations, keeping you guessing with wry wit and feverish chills. 'The dead can blame,' one character says. And the truth, this whipsmart novel reminds us, can break your heart.” Yowza. It’s been doing really well at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and then last week I learned that Promise is officially a bestseller! It hit the USA Today Best-selling Books list for the week ending April 29, at # 132. Heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who parted with your hard-earned money to buy my book, and for telling all your friends and relations about it!
I’m excited about a swanky event I’ll be doing in Manhattan this month. It’s at Mo Pitkin's Bar and House of Satisfaction (34 Avenue A, 212-777-5660) on Monday, May 21 at 6 pm. Two other very cool Harper authors will be there – Amy Bryant, whose debut Polly is a compelling tale of 80s girl angst, and Heather McElhatton of This American Life fame who seems to have invented a new genre with her awesome “do-over novel” Pretty Little Mistakes. There will be a reception, reading, book-signing, and I daresay a few cocktails. If you’re in NYC, please try to make it!
I’m just finishing up the edits for my first young adult novel, due from Dutton in mid-2008. The working title has been A Cure for Your LaSamba Blues but we are in the process of figuring out a new and improved title – I’ll keep you posted. It’s the tale of two high school girls who bond over their outsider status, and then much to everyone’s surprise, fall in love.
Next on the agenda is starting the editing process on my next novel for adults, which HarperCollins will be releasing… in mid-2008 (hmmm, I foresee a busy summer next year). It is also between titles right now, but will tell the story of a young woman who’s the sole witness when a person in a rabbit costume abducts a little girl in broad daylight.
That’s it for now – thanks again for all your support, and do keep in touch.