I was having one of those bad writing days where every word is a struggle. Yes, they happen to me. I feel like tossing down my pen and going back to a regular job, because there is something utterly draining about writing that I never experienced working a 12 hour shift at an emergency hospital. Hemingway had it right.
Then I opened my email. A new reader wrote to me. It was her first fan mail. She had had emergency open heart surgery, and during her recuperation she read From the Ashes.
Here are a few snippets:
‘I’m not typically a historical novel reader, but I love mysteries and I really enjoyed it! Sometimes people underestimate the importance of fiction. With everything I was going through to recuperate, your novel took my mind off of my troubles and brought me pleasure. Anyway, thank you again and I just wanted to let you know that what you do is important.’
Aaahh, the power of hearing from readers. It was exactly what I needed. Hearing from appreciative readers really does keep us writers writing. So if a book means something to you, tell the author. Don’t be shy. Chances are they are struggling with their latest manuscript and could use some encouragement. So thank you to all my readers who have left a review or emailed me. It means the world to me!
I realized that I never announced that the audiobooks for A Bitter Draught and Record of Blood are available. I love the narrator! She does such a great job with all the accents and voices. The audiobook version of Conspiracy of Silence will be out in the next few months as well.