A book is a fairy tale. It begins as a dream and ends up as a dream fulfilled. Like all fairy tales, The Witch Must Die has a cast of characters. The fairy godmothers are the women of the Linda Chester Literary Agency: Linda, Laurie Fox, and especially Joanna Pulcini. It was Joanna who saw the glint in my eye and realized it was a book. Not only was she a constant source of support and encouragement, she provided valuable input at various stages of the writing and helped sharpen many of my ideas. She is a wonderful person and an exceptional agent.
Jo Ann Miller, my editor at Basic Books, is the good witch in the story. Using her special brand of magic, she helped shape the final draft with her impressive knowledge of psychology and incisive wit. Her caring and expertise shine through on every page, and I feel fortunate to have had her at my side while I made my way through the woods. Just as Glinda saw Dorothy back to Kansas, Jo Ann saw the book home.
My wife, Eva, is the princess of the piece. She gave unstintingly of herself and never once complained. I don't know how many times she read and reread drafts of the manuscript or helped me hash out complex thoughts. Much of what is good in the book I owe to her. But I owe her much more. Years ago she transformed my life with a kiss. Were it not for her, I might still be sitting on a lily pad gazing at the moon.