Fan Mail and Hope
Q. Do You Get Much Fan Mail?
A. I do. It seems like a lot to me, at least. Even though the first book in the Birthmarked trilogy has been out since 2010 and the fuss around the release of the third book has died down, readers are still finding Gaia’s story for the first time, and some of them send me the nicest notes. This week, one reader told me her teenage son had recommended Birthmarked to her, and reading the series with him had brought them closer. Another reader told me her set of girlfriends had read the series together and they just loved it. Another wrote begging me to please write another book in the series.
It’s hard to describe how heartening it is to hear such kind words. You see, I didn’t know, back when I was writing Gaia’s story, that someone today would like my story enough to send me an email. I wrote it in doubt, finding my way uncertainly, taking risks that didn’t always work, and I’m doing that again now with my next novel. I am into the sixth draft of this book, and the last act is not behaving. Sometimes I’ll be writing and deleting, and writing more and deleting more, and then I’ll look up to check my inbox and get a little jolt of encouragement from someone who liked what I did with my last novel. It gives me hope that I’ll get through this revision and someday, someone might like this book, too.