I'm busy proofing a manuscript for an out of print book that will be releasing from a new publisher and must keep reading rather than spending too much time on a blog post. But I thought I would share a couple of blogger reviews for my brand new release, A Matter of Character. These show why we writers can feel a bit batty at times.
Most writers are notoriously insecure. A few bad reviews can shake us to the core. Naturally then, I'm delighted that the majority of readers seem to not only love A Matter of Character but also feel that it was a great way to end the series."This is the third book in the Sisters of Bethlehem Springs book. It is a great Christian historical fiction novel. All three were good but I think this one is my favorite. Well written, it flows well and held my attention from page one.""I adore Robin Lee Hatcher. She is an amazing story weaver. I loved this series, but it seems to me that she was tired of the story when she got to this one. It didn't grab as well as the others."
And yet, as you can see from the above, what one reader found gripping from the first page, another found not gripping at all. What one reader thought was the best book in the series, another thought yours truly was tired of the series when I wrote it.
What's a writer to do? The only answer I have is to try to remember that reading enjoyment is a relative thing. So as I work on my next book, I do all I can to write the best story I'm capable of at the moment. Then I send it out there, hoping that the majority of readers will love it and be entertained for a few hours.