PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix-native author T. J. Newman will be launching her nationwide tour for her book “FALLING” on Tuesday, July 6.
Newman will be launching her tour from the same bookstore based in Phoenix where she once worked. The book, already one of the most anticipated of the summer and a best-seller in the UK, will be available at the start of Newman’s tour.
The book tour will begin at Changing Hands Bookstore on July 5 and 10 and at the Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale on July 6 to sign her book and meet fans.
“FALLING” has garnered significant media buzz due to the seven-figure publishing deal that Newman signed with Simon & Schuster. Universal also acquired the movie rights to the book for $1.5 million following a bidding war that was on the front page of the Hollywood Reporter.
Newman was a flight attendant for ten years with Virgin and Alaska Airlines when she was inspired with an idea for the book during a cross-country flight while the passengers were sleeping. The book’s central premise came to Newman when she realized that everyone’s life was in the hands of the pilot. So she asked herself, “what if the pilot’s family was kidnapped and the only way to save them was by crashing the plane?”
She began writing “FALLING” 35,000 feet in the air on cocktail napkins while working her red-eye shifts as her passengers slept.
Forty-one literary agents rejected the first draft of her novel before being taken on by Shane Salerno at The Story Factory, who brokered three separate seven-figure deals for the book. Despite the numerous rejections, Newman refused to quit. She kept fighting for her book, believing that she “didn’t come this far just to come this far”.
Top publications including Esquire, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, New York Post, Good Reads, Town & Country, Newsweek, and USA Today highlighted the book in their must-reads hottest summer books.
Veteran authors sing its praises, with Don Winslow calling it “Jaws at 35,000 feet”. Gone Girl author Gillian Flinn described Falling as “A Perfect Thriller”, and James Patterson defining it as “Non-Stop Totally Authentic Suspense”.
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