Things I Love to Hear from Readers.

The word inspiration written on a vintage typewriter

Writing can at times be a rather dreary business.  We scale mountain tops of brilliance and sink into valleys of muse-less weariness.   Messages from readers are often the one thing that puts a little energy into our exhausted batteries.

Here are a few of the best things I’ve ever heard from a reader—some are paraphrased:

  1. “You made me laugh.” “You made my cry.” Evoking emotion in a reader is always an amazing feeling for an author.
  2. “I adored ‘insert character name’ so much!” My characters are my babies so anytime they become a reader’s favourite makes my day.
  3. I can’t wait to read your next book.” Self-explanatory really, nothing more encouraging than hearing someone wants to see more from you.
  4. “I’ve been in a similar situation to your character and the story made me feel less alone.” With After the Scrum in particular, I’ve heard this from readers who struggled with similar issues of anxiety, panic attacks, or acceptance from their family. As an autistic, I’ve had moments when it seemed as if I were the only person in the world going through it so I understand the importance of not feeling alone.

I hope readers understand how powerful their support can be for writers.

And thank you.

 

Creating a Diverse World.

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One thing I adore about my close circle of friends is the sheer diversity amongst them.   My friends are a mixed bag of race, nationality, sexuality, neuro-diversity and religious and political beliefs.  Why? Because unless you purposefully restrict yourself, it’s impossible not to have a diverse group of close friends and acquaintances in today’s world.  It may be helped by the fact that I grew up traveling around the world and the idea of selecting my friends from only one subset of humanity is nothing short of absurd to me.

Why would I restrict myself like that?

It’s hard enough, as someone with Apserger’s Syndrome, to develop and build friendships because interpersonal relationships are difficult for me.  It takes extra work on my part, and extra patience on their part.  And I am grateful to my friends who make the effort.  I’d be a lonely sad soul without them

The thing is though life is so much more fun when allow others to expand your horizons.

When I started thinking about the people and shifters in the Blackbird world, I wanted it to be just as diverse.

So what sort of mixed bag can you expect from the pack?

There are several diverse couples in the series, just a few of these are:

Josh and Alicia: Josh is black and all British while Alicia is in Josh’s words a Moroccan princess.

Lorcan and Ronan: Ronan is all Irish, but Lorcan is part Irish and part Korean. (m/m)

Sammie and Rosie: Sammie is half-Chinese and half-British, Rosie happens to be asexual though not aromantic. (f/f)

Elaine and Alim: Elaine is British and the resident Aspie in the Blackbird pack, Alim is Moroccan and not a sheikh no matter what his niece Alicia and her best friend Ivy claim.

How about you? Do you enjoy diversity in your romance?