Wednesday, October 22nd, 2008
Not only did Mr. Fuller send me this wonderful email, I also got a chance to meet him at the recent Southern Festival of the book. The generosity of his spirit shows in his life as well as his writing.
This is what he had to say:
Dear Rikki, Thank you for your stunning review. I was truly moved and touched by your kind and generous words. As a writer (and you know whereof I speak), you sit in your office, working away, hoping that someday, someone will get a chance to read the work and hopefully get it. You have made that dream come true. I don't know if it will be a movie. I have given exclusive rights to a producer (a man who was my agent for 12 years, so I trust him), and he has numerous irons in the fire. That said, the American Civil War is a non-starter in Europe and Asia. Authors who are appreciated for their other works find their Civil War novels unpurchased and unread. The movie of Sweetsmoke would be expensive, and have to make its money back in the US alone. That makes it a tough sell. But you never know. When I finished the novel, I thought of an entire scenario for a second book about Cassius, as I didn't want him to go away. But as time has passed, I think this is the best place to leave him. So I currently have no plans for a second Cassius novel. I am, however, working on my next novel. I'd be able to work faster except for all the publicity that I've been doing. Thank you again for your review. I am both humbled and pleased. Warmest appreciation, Dave Fuller