And, yes, there is one!

Sure, we can work in our pajamas. Sure, (those of us who write full time) can sleep late, especially after pulling an all-nighter. Sure, we can eat a gallon of Cherry Garcia at our desks. But the COOLEST thing about being a writer? Hearing from our readers!


Even if we’ve only published a short story in an obscure e-zine nobody’s ever heard of, we will probably receive some kind of feedback from a reader. Getting that pat on the back (or that kick in the teeth, whichever direction the letter takes) is a wonderful part of the job. I read and answer all of my reader mail personally, and I hope to be able to continue to do this forever. (I have two amazing assistants who help me with everything EXCEPT reader mail.)

It does get time-consuming, but the way I see it, this person has spent both her money and her time on something I wrote. I am honored and grateful. And we live in an amazing era. Readers have more access to us authors than ever before. This is both a blessing and a curse, as we still have deadlines, and the most important thing the reader really wants from us is the next book, so balance has become a very hot topic in my house. (Did I mention I have two assistants? And, yes, I’m still behind.)

But some of the letters I receive are hilarious. It’s simply a part of this job I refuse to give up. So, just for fun, I thought I’d post some of the comments I’ve received from readers over the years. These are all real and straight out of my inbox.

Here goes!



“My boss made me read your books!” —Amy


“I love your books! I’ve been reading them for about 13 years now!” —Samantha

(I’ve only been published 4 years.)


“I had a choice. I could buy your book or take my kid to the movie. I decided on your book. It was a bad decision.” —Gary


“I wanted to share [First Grave on the Right] with my aunt, who is my favorite person ever, because I knew she’d love it too! But I couldn’t very well give her MY copy. After all, I held it while peeing, that’s personal.” —Serena


“I was reading at lunch and got to the scene were Cookie’s little girl saw Reyes naked right out of the shower. I laughed so hard I was crying and my coworker asked if I was ok. I couldn’t answer so she tried to perform the Heimlich on me.” —Lori


“I’m not a huge fan but you do make me laugh. So there’s that.” —Betty


“How many books will there be in the series? I need to see a light at the end of a long, dark tunnel.” —Tamara


“I love Charley. A lot. Mostly I love her boobies.” —MelDownUnder


“Do you really drink a lot of coffee? Your books just seem like you drink a lot of coffee.” —BlondeBird


“Just wanted to tell you how much I love your books. I usually read intelligent literature, but I like a break every once in a while and your books never let me down.” —Debbie


Do you see what I mean? Who wouldn’t want a piece of that? Readers are amazing. They can make our days or crush our spirits. It’s really up to us. In reality, about 99.9% of all my reader mail is positive, enthusiastic, and uplifting. I truly am grateful for every letter I receive, even the bad ones. Why? The negative stuff comes in handy when channeling my antagonist. It’s all fodder, baby!

What about you? What insights have you gained from reader comments?

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