This week when I wasn’t paying attention, the number of views on the Twilight: The Missing Pieces website reached, then quickly surpassed, 1,000,000. Whoa! Most of us author bloggers are happy if we ever reach 10,000, so seeing 100 times that many views is both mind-boggling and thrilling. On this blog, readers who click in generally read 2 to 3 files per visit. Some people read ten, some no doubt click away immediately, but I know that many of you have come back time and time again to revisit the Twilight world from Edward Cullen’s point-of-view.
I wrote as Edward nearly every day for two years, then less often for another year, and now nearly one year beyond that, it’s enormously gratifying that people are still enjoying the work and have a place to come to extend their Twilight experience. I’m with you in that, as I reread one book or another or stories from Edward’s diaries myself every few months. My deepest thanks go to Stephenie Meyer for giving us such a rich world to play in that continues to delight as the Twilight phenomenon fades from the spotlight.
In the last five months, though, I’ve been focused exclusively on editing my novel The Snake Handler’s Daughter (formerly titled Miss Martha Browne). Creating an entirely new world of fictional characters is a much bigger job than writing fanfiction, and my learning curve has been high (meaning 1000s of hours spent). The novel is finally coming together, a tale of one woman’s last-ditch quest for love in the most inappropriate way imaginable. It’s humorous and tragic and examines the lengths to which we all might go for love. I’m working hard on it and hope to publish it in the coming months, after which I plan a few more Twilight stories for the Twenty Years On page. I hope you’ll stick around.
But mostly, today–on the occasion of this big blog milestone–I wanted to reach out after some months of silence to send a great big THANK YOU to all of you who have shared this Twilight journey with me. Writing for people who are eager to read your words is the greatest joy any writer can have.
As for future work, this is where I’ll announce it, here at the blog. This is also where I’ll be posting excerpts, short stories, and other freebies that might come along. I’m in this writing thing for the long haul, one way or another.
Thank you, my friends,
Phoebe Ann Lassiter