Computer passwords have gotten so complicated. Gone are the days that “abc123” would suffice. Now they want you to have a minimum number of characters, but some have to be capitalized and some have to be lowercase. Even punctuation marks and spaces are allowed. For much of last year, my password for my office computer was “May 27, 2014” for a simple reason: that was the date I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes would finally be published.
I am the deputy director of publicity at Atria and Emily Bestler Books, the imprint of Simon & Schuster that published I Am Pilgrim. Because part of my job is to build buzz for the books that I am assigned, I have to read the books many months in advance of publication.