The recent review of my first novel, Gen13: Netherwar, reminded me that, before this year is out, I should mention that as of June 2009, I've been a working novelist for ten years (and writing professionally, at least off and on, for 21 years, since my first professional short story sale, of "The Last Rainmaking Song," to the Bantam anthology Full Spectrum). For five years, I've been a full-time writer, with no day job. I am a lucky guy.
Of course, there are lots of people who share the responsibility for whatever success I've had, and I appreciate each of them more than I can say. Chris Golden, who asked me to write Gen13: Netherwar with him, our editor Keith R. A. DeCandido, Lisa Clancy, who invited me into the Buffy (and then Angel) publishing line(s) and then bought my first original work, the Witch Season quartet, and all the other editors who've had faith in my work, and who I won't name, because with an average of four novels a year for those ten years, I'd be sure to leave someone out... In addition to all those novels, there have been short stories. comic books and graphic novels, random other writing gigs, and the occasional blog post. It's kept me pretty busy.
My appreciation especially goes out to those readers who've laid down their hard-earned cash for my books. That's the greatest compliment a writer can hope for. An extra-special shout-out goes to those who've bought my original works. I enjoy writing tie-ins and am thankful for every opportunity, and especially thankful that at this point in my career I only have to take tie-in jobs based on underlying properties that I really do enjoy. But my original books, the characters and universes that come entirely from my own head, are my true love. They only represent 1/5th of my total novel output, but I'm hoping to grow that proportion from here.
Finally, the greatest thanks to Maryelizabeth and the kids, who've been there through all of it, helping me along every step of the way. It's been an amazing decade.