For me, one of my favorite parts of writing books is getting some sort of a response from a reader.
Sure, it’s exciting to watch my book “climb the charts” and it’s even fun to find a good review of one of my books. But some of the e-mails I get from readers are just priceless!
I’d say a good majority are directly related to a specific book of mine they’ve read. But then there’s those others…
I’ve been asked everything from how in the world did you come up with that (fill in blank here: plot, word/term—most often ‘love musket’ shows up in this sentence, storyline, name, etc) to ‘I bet you have the sweetest most romantic husband to ever walk on the Earth’. Really? What would make you think this? Usually, the next line answer my unvoiced question: “You must, all your heroes are such sweethearts I could picture myself falling in love with!”
Ah. That explains it.
I guess this is true, too. I’ve read on a few reviews and I’ve had some e-mailers tell me how much they love my heros. Someone once told me they’ve never finished any of my five books and thought, “What a jerk! This just confirms I got the pick of the litter with my husband.” (I will acknowledge there have been a few who’ve openly said they were tempted several times over to slap Andrew upside his head, and were yelling at their Kindle for him to call the whole darn thing off…)
I had another reader who was a beta reader for one of my recent books who answered one of my questions with, “No, the question shouldn’t be why did Emma fall in love with and want to marry Marcus, why did either of us choose the husbands we did?!”
So in keeping in line with heroes and romance books, I’ve decided to do a series of blog posts over the next few days/weeks about what my life is really like, starting with my hero.
My husband likes to read my books. Yup. That’s right. Before I release them to the public, my husband reads them. And not only does he read them, he likes to make comments and suggestions. In the past, his comments have all been of the verbal variety. However, I recently bought an iPad 2 and showed him how to make notes within a book so he could highlight and note errors or make suggestions. Major faux pas on my part. Here are a few constructive criticisms he left throughout my upcoming novel, Her Secondhand Groom on bright green, computerized sticky notes:
- Need better adjective. (the words were ‘large and clunky’)
- How old is this girl? Surely if she can string more than six words together she wouldn’t stutter this much, even if she were afraid she was going to be tarred and feathered by a gang of banshees
- Why would a man put up with this? Fire the darn coachman.
- This sentence needs lots of commas (How helpful! Thanks, dear.)
- Delete this!!!
- I don’t imagine anyone had flawless teeth back then (He’s probably right, but who wants to imagine their hero/heroine with jumbled, yellow or missing teeth?! Not me.)
- DRAW THIS OUT!!!
- What’s ‘dinnerdinner’ just curious? (This was a typo that came about after a mishap with the search and replace function…I swear it!)
- This is a little much. No man’s mouth waters upon seeing a naked woman. And if it does, he wouldn’t admit it.
- Enough with the burning fingers, please! Every book I’ve read of yours so far as someone getting burned with someone else’s fingers.
- Ruins the moment! Delete. Delete. Delete.
- Perfect teeth? What happened to piano keys… ( I cannot explain this one, I’m sorry)
- You need better colors (called the yellow drawing room)
- Her ankles, really? I’m not sure a man would be overcome with the urge to ravish his new wife merely by glimpsing her ankles…
- This is way too much description. *shudders*
- Do you have to talk about his seed so much? (This followed a conversation about how babies are conceived…)
- Really?!?! I cannot believe you had one of your characters suggest such a thing. Really, Mrs. Gordon, what has gotten into you!
- Use a different type of material. Gauze is for dressing a wound, not a sexy nightgown. Try filmy or sheer.
- Convulsing is what people do when they have a seizure…
- Her hands were WHERE?!
- Use something else, please
- What’s a cundum, don’t you mean condom?
- This line could be better
- Oh, for goodness’ sake, delete this.