Every once in a while in this difficult, consuming and occasionally discouraging business of writing, you get the boost you need to keep plugging away.
Is it the royalty check in the mail?
No, though that’s nice.
Is it a new contract?
No, though that’s even better than a royalty check.
So, what is it?
It’s reading praise of your work, but not just any praise. (Though any praise is nice, thank you very much.) Praise from someone who ‘gets’ it is special. Writing is a lonely business, and that’s coming from someone who appreciates (craves) solitude. Good reviews are wonderful, but usually they contain phrases that could go for any number of books.
So when someone writes specifically and directly about what moved them, or pleased them with a book – and it is exactly what you were trying to achieve when you wrote the darn thing – it’s good to say ‘thank you’. So, Erin, thank you.
To read her blog entry about Awaiting the Moon, go here: http://thepaperbackstash.blogspot.com/2007/08/awaiting-moon-donna-lea-simpson.html
She so exactly captures what I was going for, the new take on old subject matter (werewolves, gothic intrigue, castles, etc.), the small bursts of humor, the mystery component, the slightly stilted style of prose to set the book apart, a delicate helping of sensuality, and the gentle inclusion of paranormal.
I love it when a plan comes together.