I'm amazed even today that we have such a thing as emails from readers. I say this because when I was a kid, if you wanted to send a note to Judy Blume or Robert Bloch, you had to send a letter to the publisher, which might get forwarded in time to the writer. Today is different-- I can actually hear from readers whenever they like.
Desirea (no age given) writes:
So I just want to say how much I loved your book. I started reading it and I couldn't put it down, my parents had to pry it out of my fingers lol. I finished it the same day I started it. Can't wait until the next book comes out!
And I'm thinking-- wow! An actual human being read my work, and stayed glued to it all day. I gotta wonder, does the reader know we writers care? That this makes a huge difference to us? I fired back a note:
Thank you so much for your note! It means a lot to me to hear from a reader. I worked really hard writing the book, and sometimes you wonder if anyone will ever read it... so now I know!
Since you ask, book 2 comes out in July of 2011! It's already written-- so I promise it will be there. It's called Voice of the Undead.
Thanks for making my day!
And that was true! It does make my day. Sure, I know; if I were Charlaine Harris I'd get letters all the time. But I'm not, so this is pretty cool. I'd like to think it would stay pretty cool regardless.