One of the most curious anecdotes I have about Zero has to do with the origin of the book.
About a year ago, I was finishing another book, also YA, that had nothing to do with the Zero saga. An international publishing house had offered me a contract to publish it, and I was just putting the final touches on the manuscript.
One day, however, returning home from a trip, I opened the front door to find that thieves had broken into my apartment in New York. The house was a mess. Most of my valuables were gone, including my favorite ring that my parents gave me when I turned 18.
I had to stay with a friend while the police went through the house and took stock of everything that had been taken. It was a hectic time… When it was all over, I started thinking, wondering who the thief might have been…
I forgot about the book I’d been working on and started writing another one which had a mysterious masked thief as the main character. Not even my editor knew about it. When I finished the manuscript, I sent it off to him. He called me a few hours later to say he’d loved it and that he was set on getting it published at all cost.
And that’s how Zero was born.
The strange thing is that when the book had already gone to press, I got an anonymous black envelope quite similar to the one in Chapter 6 in the book. In it was the ring the thieves took from my house months earlier… in perfect condition. I still have no idea who broke into my apartment…
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