Author Watch: Tina Seskis

Every so often an author will come along that bears watching. The savvy reader just knows this is a writer who is going places and as a general rule of thumb it's fun to watch as their style matures and their sales climb with each successive book. If you haven't yet heard of Tina Seskis yet, odds are you will soon. Her first big book to be published Stateside, One Step Too Far, will be released by William Morrow in January.




A meticulously plotted thriller about a woman who runs away to London, abandoning her husband and family and creating a new identity for herself in an effort to escape a mysterious secret from her past, Seskis' novel packs quite a punch for such an early career effort. She writes in a genre that is popular, but is unique enough to stand apart. 

The novel itself, it's interesting to note, is already nearing it's fifth birthday. Written in 2010, Seskis formed her own publishing company a few years later after failing to find a traditional publishing home for the novel (and another she had written in 2011). Readers knew a good thing when they saw it, even if the traditional publishing houses did not....One Step Too Far sold over 100,000 copies in just four short months. Throw in a Bookseller of the Year award and a Top Ten Summer Reads pick and bam....all of a sudden those publishing houses were paying attention.

Penguin UK picked up the rights to the novel in the United Kingdom while HarperCollins picked it up for the U.S. (and here's hoping they paid a pretty penny for it after all that). With this solidity behind her, I'd expect to see more from Seskis in the near future. 


8 comments:

  1. As always, I bow to your opinion. Did you rip through it? I love to hear the story of an author who continues to push after traditional publishers pass. Good for her!

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    1. I did tear through this one. I think she was pretty awesome for just doing it herself and succeeding so well. She was a self-pub author that hit #1 at Heathrow's airport bookshops, lol. I love that. (And it is the perfect book for a plane ride.)

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    2. Purchased a used copy and you are right, I'm sucked right in. In the beginning pages, The author is introduced as having worked in marketing and advertising for over 20 years. I'll bet that experience helped a bit :)

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    3. It's pretty darned good, I thought. She's a smart cookie, this author. Let me know what you think of the ending....

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  2. Am I the only one (probably) who finds that your page runs off my computer screen?

    But it's worth zooming back and forth to read it....

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    1. I'm sorry I entirely missed comments on this....gah. Anyway. Tried to fix this, glad you said something. Hope it's better now. But if not, let me know! I'm working from a Chromebook so it's hard to tell. Checked it on an ipad and I think it was okay, but geez. I need a third person to tell me. :)

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  3. I haven't read this one yet, but I read A Serpentine Affair and agree that Seskis is one to watch. And I'm glad that she's breaking into the North American market.

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  4. Shocker ending...no clue it was coming...very well done. I got to a point in One Step Too Far where I could not put the darn thing down. It is hard to say more without spoilers however, I for one would like to know how Bill was handled ;). I too, will look for this author's next book. Thanks again for the recommendation.

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