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Warwick's Books: La Jolla, CA

Wednesday's are BIG days in the publishing world. That's when Bookscan reports sales and the subsequent bestseller lists are updated. So it was a joyous moment between LA and San Diego when my agent informed me that Songs of Willow Frost will debut this weekend at #11 on the NYT bestseller list. Also at #14 on Indiebound's bestseller list. And #70 according to USA Today (who combines fiction, non-fiction, young adult books, children's books, into one ginormous list).

But best of all, after a busy morning of interviews I had an enthusiastic crowd of book lovers at Warwick's Books.

Plus we got to hang out afterward with fellow author, Margaret Dilloway and her hubby. (Ear-splitting karaoke was involved. That's all I can divulge).



That's how many weeks HOTEL has been on the New York Times bestseller list. One year. 8760 hours. I'll let you calculate the seconds if you must (my brain is a little fuzzy at the moment).

That's 52 weeks on the trade paperback list—the printed list, not the extended online version. If you add the weeks on the extended list, the ebook list, the combined list, and toss in the weeks the hardback spent on the bestseller list, it's...oh, I forget.

One year.* It's such a nice round number.

*Not to be confused with Year One, which was a really bad Jack Black movie.


Two years hence

Hotel on the Corner of You Know What was published two years ago. Two years. That’s a long time in Bieber years. Little did I dream the Lil’ Book That Could would still be chugging away, with yours truly tagging along for the ride.

(My dear agent let me know that Hotel cracked the NYT top-10 again—which brings us to 40 weeks—without the inclusion of zombies, Jane Austin references, or references to Jane Austin zombies).

And so, the travel and travails continue.

Yesterday I popped over to Seattle for the day, which went something like this:

8:30 am – Arrived at SeaTac. Discovered that AVIS has upgraded me to a black Chevy Camaro (think Batmobile). The car was a leather-clad, bucket seat, time machine to 1984. Except back them I drove a Honda…

9:30 am – Stopped by the Wing Luke Asian Museum to sign stock and personalize a few invitations for their fundraiser. (Tom Skerritt, I hope you can read my handwriting).

10:30 am – Caught the Vashon Island Ferry. Cruised the island in my Knight Rider rental car. Popped by Café Luna and was flabbergastcombobulated to see an embarrassingly huge 4’ x 8’ cover of HOTEL plastered on the side of a building. Part of the King County Library System’s Book Cover Walking Tour. I wanted to take a photo but…just…couldn’t.

1:00 pm – Talk & Signing at the Vashon Library. There was one woman present that had seen me (3) times. She also had a chloroform-soaked rag, handcuffs, duct-tape and a gag. Eh, she seemed pretty harmless.

3:30 pm – Ferry again, back to Seattle, drove like the caped crusader to Bellevue. Checked into the Hyatt where I donned a new grey suit, pressed shirt with French cuffs, and a shimmering purple tie that Rissa picked out. (Yes, I occasionally rely on the fashion advice of a 15-year-old. No, the tie didn’t come from Hot Topic).

Author, Vince Flynn, doing his thing and doing it well.5:30 pm – Arrived at the Bellevue Library for the Literary Lions Gala, with Nancy Pearl emceeing, and Vince Flynn keynoting. Had a swell time, raising funds for the busiest library system in the nation. (Sorry Queens, maybe next year).

10:00 pm – Wandered back to my suite, realizing that people don’t normally drink at the library. Most people, anyway. Delighted that I was able to meet famed SF author, Greg Bear, who wrote Blood Music, one of my favorite short stories. The tale is about noocytes—microscopic bits of genetic material that become self-aware and take over most of the world. I wash my hands. Again.

Tomorrow I’m off to Orlando, then home for a day, then Tucson, then...somewhere...


Hi Mr. Ford,

My name is Alyah. I have to say your book was an amazing book even for a 7th grader like myself. It was bit difficult to comprehend sometimes, but Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was very mesmerizing. I was wondering if you would help me write a 2-3 sentence summary on your book? Because every time I try to write a summary it turns out to be an entire paragraph. I am not sure if I was looking close for figurative language, but I couldn't find any, would you please help me out? Thank you very much.


Hi Alyah,

I'm a sucker for homework help. How's this:

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet is the story of the Japanese Internment in Seattle, seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old Chinese boy, who is sent to an all-white private school, where he falls in love with a Japanese girl. It's a bittersweet tale about racism, commitment and enduring hope—a noble romantic journey set in 1942, and later in 1986 when the belongings of 37 Japanese families are discovered in the basement of a condemned hotel. 

If your teacher doesn't give you an "A", have her give me a call.