So many things!
First, this is a story that I have been wanting to write since 2007 (when I first got the idea), so just having it out in the world feels good.
Second, I am extremely excited for other people to meet Grace and Noah and Alexei and Rosie and all of the other characters. It has been a long time since I’ve introduced new characters—and a new WORLD—and I’m looking forward to having those characters out there. Hopefully you will love them as much as I do.
Finally, I’m very jazzed to be doing my first book with Scholastic. This means a new editor and sales and marketing staffs—so many great new people that I get to work with and get to know. And hopefully this new series will also lead to new readers—people who might go back and try Gallagher and Heist as well. That would be great.
Overall, Embassy Row just marks a fresh start/new beginning in a lot of ways. Working on the Gallagher Girls has been the highlight of my professional life. There is a line in an old episode of THE WEST WING, something like “I know I’m living the first line of my obituary”, and Gallagher Girls felt that way to me—like that was what I was known for and I will never top it.
And I probably won’t.
But as much as I loved writing Gallagher Girls books—and as fun as it would be to write more—I know that Embassy Row is just what comes next for me. It just is.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions, of course, but I think Embassy Row is the best thing I’ve ever written. Maybe it will sell five copies. Maybe it will sell five million. But at the end of the day all I can control is the book itself, and I have to admit I’m extremely pleased with how the book turned out, and I’m extremely excited for all of you to read it!