Book Becomes Bestseller After Author's Daughter Posts TikTok Video

She said her dad worked on 'Stone Maidens' for 14 years and she'd 'love to see some sales'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2023 1:38 PM CST
Daughter's TikTok Video Makes Book Bestseller
#BookTok helped sell 20 million books in 2021 alone.   (Getty Images/morgan23)

Vermont man Lloyd Devereux Richards has become a bestselling author 25 years after he started working on Stone Maidens, a thriller about an FBI forensic anthropologist trying to track down a mysterious killer. The book hit No. 1 on Amazon's Serial Killer Thrillers list and cracked the overall top 10 after his daughter posted a TikTok video that went viral with more than 40 million views, the BBC reports. In the video, Richards' daughter says he spent 14 years working on the book because family and work came first and he was happy just to have finished it 11 years ago, but she'd "love for him to get some sales."

"He doesn't even know what TikTok is," Richards' daughter said. That has now changed: In a follow-up video, Richards wipes away tears of joy after his daughter shows him the video and many positive comments about the book. According to his Amazon biography, Richards, a father of three, worked as an attorney in Vermont. Earlier in his career, he worked as a senior law clerk for an Indiana Court of Appeals judge, "researching and writing drafts for dozens of published opinions, including the appeal of a serial killer sentenced to death." The biography says he's now working on a sequel to Stone Maidens. The BBC notes that the Tiktok hashtag #BookTok has helped authors sell tens of millions of books in recent years. (Read more author stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.