halfsickofshadovvs asked: If you don't mind me asking, why is The Ocean at the End of the Lane so expensive? I mean is it that you need money because I figured you wouldn't because of all the other stuff you've done that's been made into movies and things.
I’m afraid the author doesn’t set the book prices. That’s the publisher does that. Author royalties are a very small part of setting the price of a book. Normally the publishers bring out a hardcover first, and then, a year later, they bring out a much cheaper paperback. THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE has just been published, so it’s still in hardcover.
You can buy it relatively cheaply from online retailers: Amazon are selling it right now for $14.60, and as long as it’s in the New York Times Bestseller list most of the large chains, like Barnes and Noble, and some of the Indies, are also discounting it.
melodramagically asked: I'm scared to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane because I feel like my expectations are so high that it can't possibly live up to them (which is, 100% my own weird issue and not at all yours, and of course, I'm sure I'm wrong because you've never disappointed me even a little bit). I've had it since the day it came out and it's just been sitting on the shelf waiting for me. Do you have any advice for me before I start reading it tonight?
I hope I disappoint you one day. I’ve definitely written stories that disappointed me — the thing in my head was so much cleverer or funnier or wiser or just, somehow, better; I was sure that I’d have a great ending when I got there, but when I got to the end it all felt a bit mushy, and it never quite fixed.
And just because I liked a story (or didn’t) is no reason anyone else in the whole world will like it (or not like it). People like different things, and they go to fiction for different things.
So I will not be upset if you are disappointed or do not like any of my stories, or if they are simply not to your taste. But I hope you’ll come back for the one after that, because I hope that will be something different again.
Specific advice for reading THE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE…? Don’t gulp it all down. Slow down. It’s a slim book, and it’s written in a deceptively easy to read style, but there’s a lot going on in there and every word counts.
And if you get to the end and you want more, start again: the second time through you may see things that weren’t there the first time.