The first book that came out with my name on the cover was OtherWere: Stories of Transformation, an anthology I edited with Laura Anne Gilman in 1996. The day 23 years ago when my contributor’s copy of the book came off press and I got my hands on a copy was an absolute thrill, one that filled me with a tremendous glee.
In the ensuing two-decades-plus, a lot more books have come out that have had the words “Keith R.A. DeCandido” emblazoned on the cover, and I’m here to tell you right now that the thrill has not abated, as I was just as giddy today getting A Furnace Sealed in the mail as I was in ’96 when I got my hands on OtherWere, in 1998 when I held a copy of Spider-Man: Venom’s Wrath in my hands (that was the first novel with my name on the cover), in 1999 when I held Young Hercules: Cheiron’s Warriors in my hands (that was the first one where I had the byline all to myself; the previous books all had at least one other name on it, or I used a pseudonym), in 2001 when I held Star Trek: The Next Generation: Diplomatic Implausibility in my hands (that was my first Star Trek novel), in 2003 when I held Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda: Destruction of Illusions in my hands (that was my first hardcover), in 2004 when I held Dragon Precinct in my hands (that was my first novel that I kept the copyright on), in 2005 when I held my novelization of Serenity in my hands (just because that was so cool to do!!!!), in 2006 when I held Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Blackout in my hands (because at that point, that was my favorite book to actually write, taking place as it did in New York in 1977), in 2008 when I held Farscape #1 in my hands (as that comics project, working with Rockne S. O’Bannon to continue the story of Farscape, is one I took particular joy in), in 2011 when I held Unicorn Precinct in my hands (as that meant the series was a going concern again), in 2013 when I held Leverage: The Zoo Job in my hands (bittersweet, as the show had been cancelled, thus depressing sales like whoa, but I still loved having the book in hand, as I adored that show), in 2014 when I held Star Trek: The Klingon Art of War in my hands (because that book was such a thrill and a pleasure, and because it marked my, sadly temporary, return to writing Trek fiction, and, looking back, because that book has gotten such tremendous praise), in 2016 when I held Orphan Black: Classified Clone Report in my hands (because that book was huge fun to write and because Insight Editions did an amazing job putting it together), and just a couple weeks ago when I held Mermaid Precinct in my hands.
And again today when I got my contributor’s copies of A Furnace Sealed. The thrill has not dimmed even after fifty-plus books, even after spending half my life writing books and stories professionally.
Check this earlier blog post for ordering links for the book, as well as an excerpt, and if you do pick it up (or already have), please consider writing a review on Amazon and/or Goodreads. Thanks so much!