“Stone Maidens,” a book written by Lloyd Devereux Richards in 2012, made its way to the top of the best-seller list after his daughter’s TikTok video went viral, sparking a surge in sales that catapulted the book to the #1 spot.
Lloyd Devereux Richards, a Vermont-based attorney, and father of three wrote this book, which has quickly risen to the top of Amazon’s list of Serial Killer Thrillers. Richards is now reaping the rewards of his hard work, as he is finally able to enjoy the benefits of his labor.
The book had been written and released in 2012, but over the course of the last 11 years, it had mostly been forgotten about. Everything was different once his daughter posted a TikTok video that was just 16 seconds long.
Narrative of Richards’ Daughter
Richards’ daughter told the narrative of her father’s 14-year quest to write the book and the following 11 years of hope that it would find some momentum in the video. The video has received more than 42 million views, which has led to a significant increase in sales and pushed Stone Maidens to the top of the charts.
“My dad spent 14 years writing a book. He worked full time and his kids came first. But (he) made time for his book,” Richards’ daughter wrote. She further wrote, “I’d love for him to get some sales.”
The power of social media has been a game-changer for Richards, with TikTok’s famous #BookTok hashtag helping many writers sell their books.
Stone Maidens plot
The plot of Stone Maidens follows a forensic anthropologist working for the FBI who is tasked with tracking down a serial murderer who murders women by suffocating them and then dumping their remains in ravines in southern Indiana.
Richards’ past work as a senior legal clerk, during which he conducted research and drafted published judgments, including one on the appeal of a serial murderer who was condemned to death, served as the impetus for the author’s decision to write this book.
An overwhelming response from Tiktok
Richards, who admits he doesn’t know what TikTok is, has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from fans of his book. His daughter’s TikTok video and the subsequent surge in sales have left him feeling “blessed.”
“I’m ready for a nap,” he joked.
📖 currently reading: Stone Maidens – Lloyd Devereux Richards. Was moved by the viral story about this humble author 🥺 so of course I had to show support, in turn my next read #BookTwitter #booktok #stonemaidens #booktwt pic.twitter.com/N00hYAhqoa
— Yasmin B (@Yasmin_MarieB) February 14, 2023
The success of Stone Maidens is a testament to never giving up on your dreams, as Richards’ daughter emphasized in a later TikTok video. The book’s unexpected success has not only made its author an overnight sensation but has also propelled him to write a sequel, which is already in the works.
“14 years to write! This has got to be a good book! Also love serial killer thrillers! Paycheck Friday can’t wait!” a TikTok user wrote.
“Just ordered the book from Norway, can’t wait to read it!” another user commented.
“This book is very well written with suspense, tension, mystery and intrigue to keep you warm and on your toes throughout. Very much recommend,” said a reader.
you all are amazing! Life can be hard and then it can be wonderful suddenly (still crying) #stonemaidens
For Richards, the future is bright, and he is grateful to all those who have supported him on his long journey to success.