Pantomime Achievement Unlocked: Officially Published

Well. Today is Pantomime‘s US release date. I am now a published author. It’s so surreal. I woke up this morning and when I checked my phone, Caroline Hooton had tweeted me this photo of Pantomime in the Strand Bookstore in New York.

In the Strand

This week has been a culmination of “is this real life?” moments. For instance, on Saturday (when at my favourite local cafe for the last time as they have now shut down, which is devastating), I was just settling down to edit when Stephen J. Sweeney was walking down the road in London and spied something in the window of Forbidden Planet:

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Pantomime hanging out next to The Wheel of Time, Gail Carriger, and other famous people/franchises. I was absolutely floored! All productivity went out the window.

Sunday was also amazing because Magickedteacup left a comment on the Pantomime Blog Tour Post saying that they had written a waltz based on Pantomime!

Again, I was so touched and amazed. I’m going to send Teacup a signed copy of Pantomime as a thank you, because how often does someone get fan music, and such gorgeous music at that?

Monday continued to be surreal. At lunchtime I went to the local Waterstones where I’ll be having my Aberdeen launch, and I made a beeline for the L section of teen books. And wahey–I was face out and there were SIX copies! I was so pleased.


…And then I stood up, turned around, and saw the table display. My mouth dropped open comically.


So here we are. Tomorrow night I’ll be flying down to London for my Forbidden Planet Launch on Thursday. I’m out there in the US officially, and a few UK bookstores have me out already.

And now, my sales pitchy stuff, where hopefully I convince you to buy my book!

Amazon US, Amazon UKBarnes and Noble, The Book Depository, Waterstones, or see if your local independent has Pantomime or can order it in for you.

DRM-free on the Robot Trading Company, which means you can buy straight from the publisher. Also: Amazon UK & Amazon US.

Strange Chemistry is also holding a contest to capture photos of Pantomime out in the wild to win more books! For details, click here.

Cover copy:

Pantomime-coverR.H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass – remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone – are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimeras is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star. But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.


“Who hasn’t dreamed off running off and joining the circus? Laura Lam’s Micah does just that, discovering a world of clowns and acrobats, con men and tricksters, corruption and incompetent doctors, and maybe more about himself. I look forward to more from this author.”
– Brian Katcher, author of Almost Perfect and winner of the 2011 Stonewall Children’s and Young Adult Literature Award

“Micah is the most wonderful, complex, brave and contemporary teenage hero I’ve read, facing issues of identity and responsibility that will resound with any reader who has felt like an outsider. Pantomime is loving in it’s detail but hints at so much scope to come, it feels like the set up for an epic sequel. I raced through this book, desperate to know what happens next. ‘Look out behind you’, Robin Hobb…”
– Bryony Pearce, author of Angel’s Fury.

“Welcome to a world of shills and showmen, fading tech and circus freaks, where nothing and no-one is what it appears. An absorbing, accomplished debut.”
– Elspeth Cooper, author of the Wild Hunt series

“A lyrical, stunningly written debut novel, which set my heart racing with every lift of the trapeze. In Micah we have one of the most original – and likeable – protagonists I’ve read in a long time. An author to watch, without a doubt.”
– Amy McCulloch, author of The Oathbreaker’s Shadow

“In Pantomime, Laura Lam has created a world which will take your breath away, and characters you will never want to leave. Enchanting.”
– Lou Morgan, author of Blood and Feathers

“With its cast of runaways, freaks and bullies, Pantomime blends Victorian circus glamour with grittier YA themes like identity, body image and independence. Entertaining and thought-provoking by turns, this is an assured debut by an exciting new fantasy author – Laura Lam is a name to watch!”
– Anne Lyle, author of The Alchemist of Souls

“Ancient myths, vintage tech and living wonders abound in the riotous carnival of fancy which is Pantomime. Lam paints her world with greasepaint and stardust while exploring the notion of the circus ‘freak’ with subtle brilliance. A spectacular and brave debut!”
– Kim Lakin-Smith, author of Cyber Circus

Long post is long. TLDR: I AM VERY EXCITED. I’m trying to be cool, like this:


But really I want to be all:



27 thoughts on “Pantomime Achievement Unlocked: Officially Published

  1. Hiya, I’m from AW (I have a horse outside there) and I just wanted to say massive CONGRATULATIONS! If I spot Pantomime anywhere (I’m in Co Wexford in Ireland), pictures will happen.

  2. Congrats Laura! I am in the middle of Pantomime right now and it is AMAZING!! I can’t wait to review it.

  3. Nike and I should be getting our copy of the book soon! Well done, Laura. You may take your place on the geek equivalent of Mt Olympus at your earliest convenience. 😉

  4. Congrats! What an awesome achievement! Maybe someday I’ll join you in the ranks of amazing published writers 😛

  5. Congratulations Laura. I work with your mom and have been eagerly waiting for your book to arrive in the United States. I am going to order it today. Best wishes! – Roz

  6. Oh! Oh! Just finished Pantomime and loved it. I saw it off of your BigIdea post on John Scalzi’s site and and couldn’t put it down. What a great book! But now I feel this desperate need to know what happens next — Are there plans for a sequal or is this all we get for now from that wonderful world?

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