Beyond the Grave hits stores today! Normally I’d love to be there, watching as readers scoop up copies of the book I wrote. Pretending to be just another fan, maybe opening up the cover and yelling, “Wow, this looks AWESOME! I’m going to BUY IT!”
Something low-key like that.
But not now. I can’t tell you where I am, but I can tell you that I’m not at a bookstore. Who knows who would be hanging around, waiting for me to show up?
It all started a year ago at a top-secret meeting at the Scholastic offices. Korman, Lerangis, Watson. We sat at a table while our Scholastic editors invited us to join Rick Riordan in writing a brand-new series called The 39 Clues. We all signed on that day. Sounds like fun! we said. Can’t wait to get started! we said.
What the editors didn’t tell us was that we weren’t just authors. We were selected because we, too, were members of the Cahill family, even though we didn’t know it at the time. We were now Clue hunters as well. Before I knew it, I was knee-deep into the mysteries of ancient Egypt.
I’ve seen things and done things I never expected—just like Amy and Dan. So I’m just warning you—the hunt for the 39 Clues just might change you.
Stay tuned for further posts. Right now I have to change my location. The hunt for the Clues continues.
—Jude Watson, author of The 39 Clues Book Four: Beyond the Grave
Photo of Jude Watson © Paul LLewellyn