I got one in the mail today – a royalty check, that is. It wasn’t much money, but it was based on the German sales of my 1997 novel “Princess Charming” and it made me smile.
I love that the book is still selling after so many years. I love that it’s still selling in Germany, even though I’ve never been there. I love that it was inspired by John Jakes, the bestselling author whom I had the privilege of promoting when I worked in publishing. (John once said to me, “Write a book about a cruise. Cruises are funny material.” So the novel is set on a ship called the Princess Charming.) Most of all, I love that I get paid to write.
Receiving a check for something I’ve written is as big a thrill now as it was when my first novel was published in ’94. There’s such a huge sense of satisfaction knowing that someone was entertained by my words.
“Princess Charming” was optioned for a feature film way back when it was first published, and I had visions of the actresses who would play the three best friends embarking on the ill-fated seven-day cruise to the Caribbean. But nothing ever came of the project except a mediocre script, as so often happens in Hollywood. I guess it could still happen if a studio would remember the enormous success of “The First Wives Club.”
In the meantime, I’ll just be happy with my little royalty check from Germany and hope that one of these days I’ll travel there and say thank you.