I can’t underline how happy it makes me to see the Armageddon Trade at number 23 in the Amazon charts for Mysteries. As I write I’m 27 in the Crime, Thrillers and Mystery uber-category. Dan Brown is one place above me and three below.
You have to be obsessive-compulsive to write a novel. I at least like to believe I’m not the only driven compulsive writer out there. As such the Amazon charts are a particular torture for writers like me that are easily hooked by things that twitch. The Amazon charts are an addiction.
Writing a novel is a big job, a mountain of graft strewn with boulders of self-doubt that must be scrambled over time and again. For a first timer it is an almost insurmountable challenge.
So to see yourself finally in amongst the titans of fiction on Amazon feels like a warm Belgium chocolate massage performed by identical twin supermodels.
Perhaps the Armageddon trade will twitch higher, but soon enough it will fall Icarus-like from the heavens.
Unless of course you buy a copy, perhaps even several!