Peephole In My Skull

London Times!

A little photo journey through this morning’s London Times:

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Words fail to express what this means to me. I spent 3.5 years and literally thousands of hours suffering over The Desert Spear. There were many times I thought it was impossible to get the book I envisioned down on paper, and I did much of it in the sleep-deprived zombie state that few people other than new parents and the night shift at the emergency room understand.

It seemed a minor miracle that the book turned out as well as it did. I am immensely proud of it, and think it is the best thing I’ve ever written. That alone would have been enough to make all the suffering worthwhile. But this…

This show of Easter love makes me so psyched for my trip to the UK next week. Maybe I’ll get to wear a tiara.

Posted on April 4, 2010 at 10:18 am by PeatB
Filed under Appearances, Desert Spear, Events, Fans, Life, Reviews, Sales, World Traveler, Writing
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14 responses to “London Times!”

  1. Damn, Peat – congrats!

    Still waiting on my copy, though every day the post comes and it’s not in there, I die a little inside. Soon!

    Not to bring the party atmosphere down, but it’s been a while since I looked at a UK bestseller list, and to see a bit 8 of the 10 most popular book in my wee country making the charts having sold only 1,000 to 3,000 copies make me a bit sad. Even the likes of Ian McEwan barely managed 10,000. Damn it, does no-one here read anymore?

    Posted by N. R. Alexander, on April 4th, 2010 at 10:39 am
  2. Awesome! Congratulations!! *Brings champagne and cupcakes*

    Glad to know that all the great work you have done, is getting recognized! =)

    Posted by Ale, on April 4th, 2010 at 11:29 am
  3. Congrats, Peat. Can’t wait to read it.

    Posted by J. Griiffin Barber, on April 4th, 2010 at 12:53 pm
  4. The low numbers ensadden me too N. R. Alexander, but all we can really do is spread the word!

    Congrats Peat, s’great news – I’m sure you’ll look great in your warded tiara XP

    Posted by Elicius, on April 5th, 2010 at 9:27 am
  5. Congratulations Peat!
    Only three days left and I’ll be able to finally read it! Hoooray for the ordering system! 😀

    Posted by Iris, on April 5th, 2010 at 9:40 am
  6. Nice! The new Steig Larsson book is out!

    Desert Spear is going on the middle school reading list. It would be easier to get the girls in though if you made the wards sparkle. Just a thought.

    Posted by Pat, on April 5th, 2010 at 10:16 am
  7. Peat,
    Just a small point. You have made it into the time bestseller list for this week before the official release of your book. Only the people who have ordered from amazon have got them early. If people are waiting then sales will sore as of this week. Only good times to come! No pressure though to follow this up!

    Congrats on another masterpiece.

    Posted by James Robinson, on April 5th, 2010 at 12:21 pm
  8. Bought, read and finished it over the weekend (and review posted to Amazon UK – my work is done!)
    Surprised by how long and complex the book was and can understand your pride. Also surprised to see it launched in the UK before the US, but gave me a rare chance for oneupmanship over my American friends!
    Despite my surname I don’t think we are related which is just as well for you, as I would be badgering you for an ARC of the next one!
    But thanks again for another exceptional read.
    Nick

    Posted by Nick Brett, on April 6th, 2010 at 11:09 am
  9. Love it! As soon as it comes out in the US it’ll be shipped to my house. Happy day!

    Posted by Bryce (seak), on April 6th, 2010 at 12:45 pm
  10. Thanks, all.

    Nick, if you go back far enough, everyone’s related. Thanks for the review!

    Posted by Peat, on April 6th, 2010 at 1:57 pm
  11. […] ‘Peephole In My Skull‘ has a wonderful pictorial blog entry detailing his joy at hitting the Sunday Times […]

  12. I am eagerly awaiting my copy of The Desert Spear. It won’t arrive at my bookstore soon enough.

    I cannot adequately convey how immensely pleased I was by The Warded Man. For the past year I have been searching for a good fantasy book to read, yet none of the current masters of the genre have been able to entertain me, not even my favorite literary tag team of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman. George R.R. Martin bores me to tears, although I still keep buying his books because they’re better than most. So many once-good writers are churning out crap now to meet the demands of the publishing assembly line. Your book was the best one I have read in years, and stopped me from abandoning the genre altogether.

    Posted by Gregory E. Clifford, on April 10th, 2010 at 12:30 am
  13. Ciao Pete,

    I’m still waiting for The Painted Man to be pubblished in Italy.
    When is this going to happen?
    Should I try reading/bying it in English (or Dutch)?

    Best regards,

    Maarten (ITALY)

    Posted by Maarten Bouwman, on April 20th, 2010 at 7:10 am
  14. No Italian translation on the horizon, I’m afraid, much to the chagrin of my mother’s side of the family. If such a deal arises, I will definitely blog about it a lot.

    If you read English, I would of course suggest that one, although they are currently working on a Dutch translation as well.

    Posted by Peat, on April 22nd, 2010 at 5:28 pm