I just returned home after the first leg of my domestic tour for The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm. Wow! What a fantastic experience. Things kicked off with a launch event at the Union Square Barnes & Nobel in New York City—the same store I’ve debuted each of my books since at least Brisingr.
After that, it was a whirlwind trip through Fairfax, VA; Naperville, IL; Decatur, GA; and Coral Gables, FL. (View photos from the trip in the galleries below!) Along the way, there were radio interviews, TV interviews (including a morning show that required a 6:45 am pickup), a -8º snowstorm, and so many amazing encounters with readers that my head is still bursting with them.
To each and every one of you, I want to say a big “Thank you!” Whether or not you were able to make it to my events, I appreciate your support, and I continue to be amazed and humbled by the response to these books. At Anderson’s Bookstore, in Naperville, for example, I met a six-year-old girl named Saphira. I mean . . . How am I even supposed to react to that except with wonder, gratitude, and a sense of the crazy possibilities of life?
Again and again I heard from folks for whom the Inheritance Cycle has meant so much. And the response to The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm has been equally awesome. It’s certainly left me with renewed fire for the writing.
Also, a big shout-out to all the awesome booksellers I met on this trip. You did a wonderful job arranging, facilitating, and handling the signings. So another huge “Thank you!” to you.
Starting February 24th, I’ll be heading back out on the road, first in the U. S. and then over to the U. K. and Europe. (Paolini.net will have the details as soon as we get them.) No doubt the experience will be just as fun, exciting, and rewarding. Hopefully, I’ll get to meet many of you, share some stories, make you laugh, and sign your books.
All the best from Montana, and—as always—may your swords stay sharp!