I’m thrilled to share the announcement that Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of These Violent Delights and forthcoming Our Violent Ends, will have a new duology publishing in Fall 2022, beginning with Foul Lady Fortune!
Sarah McCabe at S&S/McElderry has bought a YA duology by bestselling author Chloe Gong (These Violent Delights). Foul Lady Fortune, the first of the two books, is a speculative historical noir surrounding the events of Imperial Japan’s expansion into China in the 1930s. A familiar character is recruited as a national spy, maintaining her false identity by posing as a young married couple with someone who might be the very enemy. Publication is set for fall 2022; Laura Crockett at Triada US Literary did the two-book, six-figure deal for North American rights.
Last time I announced a deal for Chloe, I mentioned how amazed I was with her ability to weave historical fact with fantasy, to keep me glued to my seat, to make me want to research more into this period of history while also enjoying a thoroughly enticing and engaging novel. That certainly hasn’t changed!
Not long after her first sale, knee-deep in edits with her editor for These Violent Delights, Chloe shared an idea with me about [redacted character] and her intention to make a spin-off duology following [redacted]. Yes, I said––run with it, expand it, let’s see what you’ve got, let’s see if [redacted] can stand on two legs and be a star.
Fast forward to 2020, where she’s promoting her debut launch in the middle of a pandemic while also revising Our Violent Ends. Even though we couldn’t celebrate in person like we all dreamed for her, the onslaught of praise and admiration and splashy reception Chloe received in trade, commercial, academic, and general reader circles was astounding!
We felt confident that her idea for [redacted] would work, so she wrote her optional materials, submitted shortly before winter break, and received wonderful news from her publisher that they loved it too.
In the words of her editor Sarah, “The queen of hate-to-love romance––the incomparable Chloe Gong––has an incredible new story coming, and you’d all better start prepping because you ARE. NOT. READY!!!!!” And she’s so right. Add Foul Lady Fortune to your TBR!