I'm pinching myself here as I share a very special moment.
I've just heard that we've sold more than 250,000 copies of I Am Watching You in less than 6 months. This is simply HUGE for me; something I never expected to happen.
Regulars to my blog will know that it took me ten years to get my first book deal. Before that, I wrote four novels that were 'near misses' with publishers; a long and often tricky apprenticeship before I finally got 'the call'. I then published two women's fiction titles that sold in six languages. But it wasn't until I published this first psychological suspense novel that things took off in a way I could never have foreseen.
When I wrote I Am Watching You, I did the same thing I do every time I sit at my writing desk; I simply wrote the best book I could. Did I know it would become this big bestseller? No, I didn't. I hoped, of course. I dreamed. But it still feels surreal to me that all this has happened.
So I need to share what a privilege this feels when all the stars align; and to repeat my thanks to my publisher Thomas & Mercer, to my agent Madeleine Milburn and to all the wonderful readers who have bought the book, reviewed it...and so kindly recommended it to others. This simply would not have happened without you.
The other special thing going on right now is...globetrotting! We have sold I Am Watching You for translation to seven countries so far and it's just making an appearance in Italian bookshops right now. Some kind bloggers and readers have been sharing photographs of my novel 'in the wild' and this makes me more excited and proud than you can imagine. So if you spot my book over the coming weeks and months anywhere in the world, do please tag me in your photographs on social media. It makes those ten long and difficult years of rejection all worthwhile.
Teresa Driscoll - journalist, author, mother of two and lover of great coffee.