Comic writer Adam Mayle graduated in 2002 from the University of Delaware, where he studied Russian Literature, International Relations and Economics. In the summer of 2012, he published his first novel, Mother Land. Since then, the Delaware native’s book sales have rocketed among readers in India.
Like many other aspiring novelists, Adam knows how it feels to wait for a book to catch on. Although his novel, a comedic thriller about international adoption set in Russia, has been well-received by online reviewers, even a good book can have a slow start.
“Unfortunately, not every book can be the next Twilight or Hunger Games,” Adam explains. “Sales were not as fast as I hoped at first. I knew it takes time for a book to build an audience. But I admit that I was getting impatient. I was glancing at my book’s Facebook page a little more than what might be considered healthy.”
But then one December afternoon, while Adam was compulsively checking his book's Facebook page, he noticed an exotic name that he had never seen before.
“I saw that someone named ‘Kabir’ had ‘liked’ my novel,” Adam recalls. “This was not some post from a friend. This was not an encouraging message from my mom. I definitely did not know anyone by that name.”
This “like” was just the beginning. Since December 2012, Adam has received dozens of messages from fans in India. And, even nicer than messages, are book sales, which have doubled as of February 2013. Outside the United States, India is the only country where he has had a sale. And that includes Russia.
Adam is grateful for his Indian audience and his book sales, even if he cannot explain it. “I am so excited to have such a positive reaction for my book,” Adam says. “I have no idea why Indians in particular like it. I am not complaining. I am thankful for every reader. Whether they are in this country or on the other side of the world.”
Unfortunately, Adam will not be traveling to India for a book tour any time soon. However, his Indian fans are in his thoughts.
“I haven’t started my next novel,” Adam says. “I am still so busy getting Mother Land off the ground. But I will tell you one thing. When I get around to my next novel, I am seriously considering setting it in Bombay.”
Adam was born in Viola, Delaware and currently lives in Seattle, Washington. As a student at UD, he was involved in the E52 Theatre group. His career after graduation has fluctuated from politics to law; he interned for an overseas private investment corporation, and for the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard, and he worked as a law clerk for the Delaware Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission in Seattle.
Adam earned his Master's at George Washington University and his law degree from Boston University School of Law, and he now works as a staff attorney for the Northwest Justice Project in Seattle.