My Friday post is at Teen Fiction Cafe. I’m sharing a list of my School Experiences. heh-heh. Very innocent, I swear!
This past week I’ve had a few people come up to me and tell me, “I read your book”.
Okay. So when an actual person, non-writer, tells you this in the flesh, this sort of goose bumpy, uneasy, little feeling rushes straight across your body.
You have to shift from regular daily life to writer mode and this thought goes through your brain, This person read my words, my story. yikes.
You plaster a smile on your face and say, “Oh thank you!” Because come on, whether they liked it or not, they bought your book so that’s totally cool.
And then you listen as they go on about your book…
First off, it’s awesome when someone totally gets GG and enjoyed the story. Yay! I’ve been gratefully for all the cool people who have went out their way to let me know how much they have liked it. I actually didn’t think it would connect with so many adult readers, and I am just so happy about that.
What is kind of a surreal is when readers are sort of “iffy” about it. Like they are thinking of the words to describe your book and trying to tell you they may have liked it, may not of… Sometimes readers who are not accustomed to YA or commercial fiction won’t connect. And that’s okay. GG is not going to connect with everyone. And writers got to have that tough skin when some people are compelled to say how much they disliked a book. *gulp* haha.
But one thing I keep hearing was that the readers think Graffiti Girl is pretty realistic, and that is one compliment I can hold on to. I am proud to have a layer of realism to my storytelling.
One reader told me that she felt so bad for the kids I wrote about. In a way this is good, because I want people to feel for my characters, right? The thing is I probably held back a little with Graffiti Girl. Sadly, we live in a world where bad things happen to people. Too many times to our youth. I’m not going to ignore that.
I realize everyone grows up differently because of social classes, cultures, and where they lived. So through a reader’s eyes, GG might be really edgy, and to another it might be pretty light. One of the reasons I started writing Romantic Suspense was because I tend to put my characters through really bad stuff, and then have them prevail in the end. Beat the odds, you know?
And even though I held back, that didn’t stop me from writing the same type of “beat the odds” story with GG.
My pal Jana DeLeon asked me to write a guest blog about my road to publication, so I did. It’s on her blog and she’s so kind to be giving away a copy of GG! Please stop by!