I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has read my first novel, Ruby’s Road, over the past year. I cannot tell you how much it means to me when of someone who has read and enjoyed it. I have been seriously amazed at the people who have purchased a copy, and then not just purchased it, but actually took the time to read it and send me their feedback. Obviously, the people I’ve heard from are people I know, but many of them I have lost physical contact with through the years, and maybe only keep in contact via Facebook or the occasional emails. Then, there are people who I don’t even know who have bought the book, maybe for their kids or a loved one, but every time I hear it, my heart skips a beat.
Right after I published the novel, my book club suggested that we read it as part of our rotation this year. I hesitated, because I could imagine nothing more awkward than sitting around a table, having everyone make fluffy comments about my book, just because they didn’t want to say anything bad in front of me. However, I relented, and tonight was the night we discussed it. I actually really enjoyed myself! My friends didn’t just make fluffy comments and end the discussion with little fanfare. They asked me questions, told me parts they really liked, and even told me the things they didn’t like about it, which is totally fine. I know I cannot please everyone, and as long as it is said in a loving manner, I’m totally fine with you saying, “ugh, I was really worried I wasn’t going to like it after that.” I know the book isn’t perfect. Nobody is, but this work is my baby, and imperfect as it may be, it is perfect to me because I created it.
My goal was for people to enjoy it, and I think I have succeeded. I have even gotten requests for sequels, which I assume people wouldn’t say if they thought the book was just “eh”, so I’m encouraged by that... and never fear, one is in the works...slowly, but it’s coming.
So, again, just know that if you have taken time out of your busy lives to read the fruits of my labor, I love you. Thank you for knowing how important it is to me and for supporting me in it.
Again, I love ya!