Relationships with Readers
Over the past few weeks I’ve been expanding my reading genre. As a writer, it is so important to read a wide variety of texts to see how other writers are captivating their audience. Some styles of writing I’ve enjoyed more than others but it has been refreshing to note the styles I’ve been able to relate to and those I’ve not. I’ve delved into self-published novels as well as established traditional authors books. There are some great stories being told by all.
Generally, I love the fast pace of thrillers and enjoy shadowing the protagonist as he/she tackles problems head on. This is the only time I enjoy running! However, as with my writing I enjoy taking a break from the full on action and settling into a softer, more character driven story. I have recently finished The Lavender Keeper by Fiona McIntosh, which I highly recommend. The story follows the lives of three main characters and how their lives intertwine due to circumstance. I was so enthralled by the author’s eloquent style. The language was simple and yet used with such a delicate sophistication, it pulled me into the story. I enjoyed McIntosh’s novel so much, I emailed her to thank her. As a writer, we love to get positive feedback so why not pass it on as a reader? I was thrilled to receive a personal email back and she even made a new sale as there is a follow on to The Lavender Keeper. Naturally, I bought it. Would I have bought it if I hadn’t received a response? Probably not. There’s another lesson learned: writers should value their readers and forge relationships. It will bring about future sales.
What are you reading at the moment? Do you write to authors to tell them how much you enjoyed their book?