It’s been another busy week for me. After finally putting Romeo and Juliet to bed, it was about time to crank up those writing skills again.
For some time I’ve been trying to sit down and write either a short story or a collection. Yesterday, I achieved the first. I wrote a 6400 short ghost story. Not ordinary fictitious stuff, but a story that is almost 100% true. It’s set in a boarding-school in steamy, lush Singapore back in the 1960s. It was my first real stint of living away from home at the tender age of eleven and I wasn’t too sure if I was going to like it.
Almost as soon as I set foot in the house, I could feel very strong vibes around me and they soon had me totally engrossed in the strange events that occurred.
Read it - believe it – I’m not making it up! It really happened.
The Bamboo Mirror ~a Diana Rivers Mystery & short true paranormal.
Recently, readers will have read my previous posts about leaving comments on blog posts. I am delighted that comments sent to me have gone up by quite a few 100%! Some I leave on the page – others I delete if they’re not relevant.
And this leads me on to my second theme today: Why I like to Personally Respond to My Readers.
Despite the low royalties I (and many other writers) receive for my hard work I was always brought up to practice good manners!
I could ignore them, and I could (if I had the know-how) probably get something automatic to do it for me. Bit I look at it like this. You, the reader have taken valuable time to write to me, so I should reciprocate.
When you read my book, write a review, take the time to find my website and leave your name and email address, and then tell me you loved my book, why would I not? You’ve given me money for my book and you’ve given me your time to read it!
You’ve spent a couple of days, weeks or even a month giving your time towards my product. I am honoured.
You are why I sit alone, hour after hour, chewing my pencil or tapping away at my laptop and if you take the trouble to write to me after reading one of my books then you deserve a few minutes of my time saying thank you!
You after all, are why I love to do it in the first place!
Thank you, thank you, and thank you.