Once upon a time four years ago, I got the first inklings of an idea for a book about cursed apples & Faustian deals with the devil

It was a peculiar tale but the more I thought about it, the more fascinating threads unspooled in my head to form the book I’m writing about today: BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU’RE HERE

I knew it was outside the typical conventions of mainstream fiction—fast-paced yet very literary with intricate characters inspired by books that have always fixated me: Paradise Lost, Inferno, Sleepy Hollow, 1922 by Stephen King, the collected poetry of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, fables and folklore and Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales, along with my own unique heritage of being a triracial author whose family has had a long history here, filled with its specific hardships but also so so so much love—but I wrote it anyway

I definitely lost my faith in it as editors fell in love yet balked at how to market it. Then my acquiring editor read it in one sitting and bought it at auction

It’s since gotten two starred trade reviews and was chosen as an Amazon Editor’s Pick

But most importantly, it already seems to have found its readers 🖤 as an author, there is nothing more I can ask for

If you’ve journeyed into my dark folklore tale that’s full of odd whimsy or plan to, thank you from the bottom of my heart

This story is for you and always has been


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