I've been published for just under 4 years. That's not long and believe me...I have a tough skin when it comes to my writing since I've been seeking opinions on it for close to 2 decades or longer. My closest friends hear me whine about reviews, but I never say things in public. Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I know that not every story is going to resonate with every reader. But this time . . .
Dear Annonymous Reviewer who said NAVY SEAL SURRENNDER was a "pretty good read." THANKS ! I appreciate the fact that you took the time to read my book and that you want to read the sequel. I also appreciate your opinion and your ranking.
As I stated above, everyone has their opinion and interpretation of our work. I don't think yours is wrong. Honestly, it amazes me that twin brothers not speaking for twelve years made such an impression. I guess I must have done my job... For good or bad, you were moved by my story.
But on a personal level, I had an uncle who I never met. He left the family before I was born and only kept in contact with my grandmother for many years. I heard about him only when he was in trouble. It wasn't until after his death that I ever met my cousins. I think if my father could have changed those circumstances he would have. Family was everything to him. But I also know that the situation could not have been resolved by a discussion.
Why talk about this when I'm supposed to be celebrating the release of my book?
Perhaps it's because... oh never mind. I could philosophize and in the end ... IT'S JUST MY OPINION.
Actually, someone recently read another book of mine and used the word "stupid" to describe it. Not once, but several times. Sometimes, I think our society cloaks itelf in anonymity and forgets that people are real, flawed, and mostly deserve respect. My ultimate point?
Dear Anonymous Reader who thought NAVY SEAL SURRENDER was a "pretty good read"... THANKS. Seriously. THANKS.
AND to that other anonymous reader who thought my heroine "stupid." Who thought my hero "stupid." Who thought herself too intelligent enough to accept a work of fiction and just had to let me know my writing was "stupid" ... well ...