What a journey it’s been! Many years ago, I stepped out on faith, walked away from a hard-won, very successful career, and followed my heart—and a calling I’d felt since age ten—to become an Author. Did I sit down and write a novel that became an overnight bestseller? No, it didn’t happen that way. There were many tests along the way, and, in all honesty, some moments of despair—but also a lot of prayer.
One night as I lay in bed, I had an image of an Episcopal priest walking down the street. Then a local newspaper publisher said he’d run a weekly column of Mitford vignettes. Those columns grew slowly into a novel, At Home in Mitford. After a lot of “no’s” elsewhere, one day my publisher, Penguin, said “yes.” And then something truly humbling started happening: readers started recommending my books. So do you think I love my readers? You bet I do!
Please let me take this opportunity to thank you for all your support over the years. After I have poured every last bit of myself into a novel, each time I have been so honored, and thrilled, that you have responded enthusiastically. I hope you’ll love my new novel, In the Company of Others, coming this fall in paperback. I recently heard an author say, "A novel is a long answer to the question 'What is it about?'” After much thought, I would say, “In the Company of Others is about the crucifying power of secrets, the desperate need to be heard, and the reconciliation that comes with confession.”
Oh, and I should add that it starts in a wild Irish downpour in County Sligo, as Father Tim and Cynthia arrive for their long-postponed trip to the Old Country.
~ Jan Karon