A long-running series is an interesting thing. As the story continues through multiple books, readers form a relationship with the characters, and opening the new installment feels like coming home to spend time with old friends. As authors, we are very grateful for the opportunity to touch people’s lives through our writing. At times that special connection gets buried under the minutia of admin tasks, fatigue, and negative experiences, but then something happens to remind us that reading is an interactive sport. This is one of those moments.
When Kate Daniels just came out, it wasn’t well received by critics in the fantasy genre. The very first professional review we ever saw actually said that we already had a Jim Butcher and the world didn’t need a female knock-off. But then slowly the readership grew, and one of the very first fantasy reviewers who supported us was Mihir Wanchoo of Fantasy Book Critic. You can read Mihir’s biography at this link. Mihir championed our books for over a decade. He probably doesn’t know it but he played a large part in contributing to the series. No matter how down we would get, reading Mihir’s review – even when it was critical – always made you feel like your work was worthy and special.
Not too long ago he sent us this lovely art he commissioned from Martina Scafa, which depicts a scene from Blood Heir. He gave me permission to share it on the blog.
It’s difficult to describe the feeling you experience as a writer when something you created inspires another art form: music, painting, audio adaptations, and so on. It’s like you have grown somehow. It’s proof that your work reached people and sparked their own art.
Thank you, Mihir, for letting us experience it.