And yes, I'd get an advance! The deal meant that The Secret Keepers had to be taken down from all its electronic formats while Marino and her editors, collaborating with Thomas, re-edited the book. For a book that was already an online best-seller, the changes Marino wanted were substantial. Then, a week after this happened, Mum had her stroke. So while Thomas spent much of the day in hospital with her mother, she did her usual thing and put in another day before dawn, working with her new editors.
She made the changes with enthusiasm. Early morning writing is part of Thomas' secret. I'm always refreshed.
If I'm having a writing problem I give it to my subconscious and by morning it's there, solved. There are a lot of things that go into your memory over the years, and that's when they surface. Her own original research had been meticulous. For example, I referred to Koyla's number tattooed on his wrist.
They only tattooed at Auschwitz. By August the rewrite was complete. The book even had a name change: The Keeper Of Secrets. The book was launched in America on June 1, but Thomas didn't attend. Instead, she focused on the launch at her local bookstore in Cambridge. There, she was supported by her church choir and her book group as well as colleagues, through her presidency of the local New Zealand Society of Authors. What else is on in Cambridge on a Monday? Well actually, our choirmaster had to cancel practice.
When I visited Thomas was busy whipping up cupcakes for the event. Our Father's War has sold 20, copies and has its own slew of five-star reviews. And a new book is already optioned. This one will be handled by her new, London-based agent. He even sent Tom Hanks a copy of the book! He'll do all the deals with HarperCollins from now on. I don't do any of that. There's one aspect she won't let go of however. The commercially savvy Thomas has already secured per cent of the film and 25 per cent of the digital rights to The Keeper Of Secrets.
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The Keeper of Secrets is the result, initially available only as a self-published e-book through the aforementioned online bookseller. The novel took off like a bottle rocket, selling over 40, copies and earning enthusiastic reader reviews. Soon the vice-president of HarperCollins came calling, offering Thomas a lucrative deal, the proverbial glass slipper. The Keeper of Secrets lets the captivating trajectory of this rare instrument dominate the action, shaping the fate of its owners and plunderers from Nazi Germany to Stalinist Russia, millenial London and urban America. She has also managed to portray the horror of life in Dachau with pinpoint accuracy and emotional conviction.
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Although it suffers from the inescapable difficulty of elevating current drama to the intense excitement of wartime intrigue, The Keeper of Secrets merits its success. Author Notes. Loading Author Notes LC Subjects. Electronic books. Holocaust, Jewish -- Fiction.
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