First off, a big thanks to all the librarians, booksellers, reviewers, readers, and die-hard fans (that’s right, Mom—I’m looking at you!) who went dungeon diving with Colm and company this year. The Dungeoneers got great reviews and was recently short-listed for the Cybils Award for Speculative Fiction. Thanks to J.B. and D.K. and everyone over at Walden for continuing to believe in me, and to my family for continuously assuring me that I’m the second-most-popular author named John living in the greater Indianapolis area. 2016 marks a big year for me as a writer, as I have not one, but TWO books coming out, putting me ahead of George Martin (I don’t know this for sure), but well behind Mo Willems, who, I believe, is penning a series called “Elephant and Piggie in Middle-Earth”.
This summer will find three friends—Brand, Steve, and Topher—on a mission to break their teacher out of the hospital in Ms. Bixby’s Last Day. I’m told it’s a real tear-jerker, though there is a shark in a toilet, so how serious can it be? Then in the fall, Bryan Biggins will have his whole life videogame-ized in Insert Coin to Continue, a hilarious homage to the many hours sunk I’ve into everything from Donkey Kong to DDR. I’m thrilled to be in a position where I can write (and publish) such disparate tales, and I’m eager to share both with the world. In addition, I will continue to visit schools and book festivals and Skype with classrooms all across the country (and maybe Canada, where I am now approximately one-millionth as popular as The Weeknd, though I have a better editor).
On a sad note, however, I will be cutting my Diet Coke consumption to approximately one a day, in accordance with the New Year’s Resolution dictated to me by my daughter, so if I seem cranky, you’ll know it’s just the caffeine withdrawal. Provided I can stay awake, I plan to keep writing like a madman. I already have ideas for my next four books. Who knows, maybe 2017 I can publish three novels. And start a band. I wonder if Weeknd needs an amateur ukulele player.
Wishing everyone the best for the year to come.