Cambria author Catherine Ryan Hyde has reached a new milestone in her career: She's sold 3 million copies of her books through an imprint of Amazon Publishing.
Ryan Hyde’s first book with Lake Union Publishing was published in 2013.
On March 26, the author gathered with her agent, along with her editor and publicist at Lake Union, to celebrate the milestone at Robin’s Restaurant in Cambria.
Ryan Hyde, who has lived in Cambria since 1985, also received a framed metal print of 10 book covers to commemorate the achievement.
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Ryan Hyde is the best-selling author of 33 books, including the 1999 novel “Pay It Forward," which was adapted into a 2000 movie and spawned a national movement. It also inspired Ryan Hyde's nonprofit Pay It Forward Foundation, which seeks to inspire acts of kindness among strangers.
“I think the book ... hooked into something in people,” the author told The Tribune in 2015. “There’s a part of everyone that says, 'I think we're better than this.' I think it was a well-timed note of optimism."
Her next novel, “Heaven Adjacent,” is scheduled for release June 18 on Lake Union.
The book follows Roseanna Chaldecott, a high-powered lawyer who leaves her life in Manhattan behind when her best friend and law partner dies. She discovers a ramshackle farm in the foothills of the Adirondacks, and befriends the young girl who lives there with her squatter mother.
"As Roseanna begins to accept a new reality free of material wealth, she discovers that she is rich in something that can’t be replaced: family," according to a news release for the book.
Like many of Ryan Hyde's books, "Heaven Adjacent" deals with folks from different backgrounds finding common ground.
"I am interested in people overcoming their differences," she told The Tribune in 2017. "If we can't somehow get beyond this, I really worry for our future. And I think we can (overcome it). We have the basic same human desires for love and success, and I think somehow we've gotten focused on our differences."