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A NOTE FROM KENT
Tamarack County. Number thirteen in the Cork O’Connor series. What a journey this has been.
I began the first sketches for what would become my debut novel, Iron Lake, in 1992. Before that, I’d labored forever trying to compose the Great American Novel, with no success. I finally decided it was time to write something that somebody might actually want to read. Looking around me, I saw that everyone seemed to be reading mysteries. So I decided to throw my hat into that ring. I didn’t know I was embarking on a series. I just wanted to write a manuscript that had a shot at getting published.
And now here I am, twenty-one years later, with a pretty decent publishing record that includes lots of awards, starred reviews, and books on the New York Times bestseller list. You’d think that I’d be comfortable by now, but with every new book, I’m just as thrilled and just as scared as I was with publication of that first Cork O’Connor novel. I worry: Is it any good? Will readers buy it? Will readers like it? Does it do justice to Cork and all the characters that populate the other novels?
What I’ve learned over all these years is that the best way to keep worries at bay is to bend to the work and keep writing. So even as I’m preparing to head out once again on the book tour trail, I’m nose-to-the-grindstone on number fourteen in the series, the manuscript for a novel titled Windigo Island. It’s a story the Native community in Minnesota asked me to write, an important one. It’s scheduled for publication a year from now, in the fall of 2014.
Still, I can’t help but worry. I’m hoping like crazy that you’ll buy Tamarack County. And I’m just as hopeful that you’ll like it.
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