Iris, my editor and publisher, just emailed me that Mistress of the Sun was #1 on the Globe and Mail Historical Fiction list! She and Norma, the receptionist at HarperCollins Canada, “enjoyed the sight of it for several minutes,” and then Norma pointed out that Under the Sun by Sandra Gulland was also on the list, further down. “We are mystified by this,” Iris wrote, “an error on someone’s part. But, you have to admit it’s pretty nice to be in two places on one bestseller list.”

I do indeed! I jokingly wrote back that if The Next Novel were titled Under the Sun it could be called a bestseller before it was even written, much less published.