I read the other day on one well known romance review blog that one reviewer in particular doesn’t like to read author blogs because she doesn’t want to be influenced by what authors have to say about their books. She wants to decide for herself, and interpret the book for herself. Well, I say with a huge smile….blah, blah, blah 🙂 Get over yourself. Authors don’t write about their books on their blogs to influence people. Authors write about their books to help people decide whether or not they are interested in buying their books. It’s a tight economy for most people, and if I didn’t give details of what my books were about, I’d feel as though I’m letting people down. To take it one more step, I receive e-mails from readers asking for more information about my books all the time. A few people even ask me to spoil the ending. If this is what they want, I’m more than happy to help them out. One nice woman even decided not to buy one book after I told her the ending. She didn’t like the ending and said she wouldn’t be interested in reading the book. This didn’t bother me in the least, and I’m glad she e-mailed and asked so she wasn’t disappointed.
Part of my job as an author is to explain my books in as much detail as possible, without giving spoilers (I will if someone requests one, though) Personally, I love to read other author blogs and I love to get an in-depth look at what motivated the author, what to expect before I buy a book, and how the author would like to see the book interpreted. And frankly this never influences the way I interpret a book. But I guess to each his (her) own.
I’ve written a lot about STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM AT THE PLAZA. And I’m not trying to influence anyone. I’m just trying to give readers as many details as I can. This book is a romance. There are a few minor erotic sections. But not many. And I want people who read only erotica to know and understand this. I don’t, however, want them to think I’m trying to tell them how to interpret the book. I believe people are smart enough to do this on their own, in spite of anything I write on this blog.