Wednesday, October 22, 2014

I'm okay with you thinking my books are fluffy escapism

I've been told that my books are "fluff" and "mindless entertainment". While I know that the people who've said those things meant them as insults, I take them as compliments. There are times we just need our spirits lifted or our minds taken off our troubles. 

Sometimes people take the time to write to let me know how much they've enjoyed the momentary escape from their problems and struggles.

I enjoy and appreciate EVERY single fan letter I receive. What can be better than knowing that  complete stranger enjoyed your work? Every letter is a gift I treasure.

With that said, there are some letters that touch me more profoundly than others. I received one of those this weekend. It's the kind of letter that, even though it's short, I was crying before I reached the end. I asked the writer if I could share it and she graciously agreed.

"Just a word of thanks...I suggested that my daughter read your "Hitwoman " series. She is 40 years old and diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer, sad one day, angry the next. I thought your laugh out loud humor would be of help. Your books helped her to escape the moment and to prepare her forward to a year of fighting cancer with surgery followed by chemo. Again, thanks."

Are you weepy too? 

Tell me Killer Friends: What books do YOU enjoy escaping with?


B.E. Sanderson said...

I think people who look down on lighter books have issues. If a book takes you away from your troubles, or makes you smile, or just gives you a few hours away from the daily grind, then it's a necessary book.

And that letter was lovely. I hope your books help her make it through - because sometimes a positive attitude makes the difference. :hugs:

Karyn Good said...

Hugs and well wishes to your reader and her daughter! I love that even in the midst of what is a very traumtic and difficult time for their family this woman took the time to give thanks and be grateful. That says it all. It is a testament to her strength of character. Her attitude towards life. And maybe, just a little bit of that wonderful attitude comes from doing things that make her happy and give her joy. Like reading fluff and mindless entertainment.

jblynn said...

B.E. -- I agree!

Karen -- Absolutely!

Robyn Gleason said...

I LOVE the way your books make me laugh and make life just a little bit lighter, especially when I need it. I read a LOT and ALWAYS look forward to yours as a fun-filled adventure.There is nothing I enjoy more than reading a book that makes me laugh AND feel like I personally know the characters..and you do that every time! Thank-you for all the enjoyment you have given me!

Aisyah Putri Setiawan said...

Banned complain !! Complaining only causes life and mind become more severe. Enjoy the rhythm of the problems faced. No matter ga life, not a problem not learn, so enjoy it :)

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