January 28th, 2009
My Sister’s Birthday and Reader Expectations

Today is my sister’s birthday. Happy Birthday, T! Hope whatever you wish comes true. May you have many, many more.

I’ve been receiving quite a few ‘Google Alerts’ lately. The last few have contained some lovely reviews of my book. Thank you to everyone who’s taken the time to read it…even the ones who didn’t like it. 😉 As I floated from review to review, it became apparent that a lot of readers have started to make guesses about where I’m going to take the Dead World series. Some people have guessed that Red’s and Morgan’s relationship will be explored, others believe I’ll go further in depth with the ‘pack’ relations. All good guesses, but I’ll let you in on a little secret–the only book I had charted out in the beginning was RED. From that story things have grown organically. This is and has always been the story of one woman’s journey of self-discovery. That same self-discovery continues through SCARLET with some not so pleasant surprises arriving at the beginning. The events that take place at the beginning of SCARLET change my hero and heroine, test their relationship. These same events are the bomb that propel them through their final journey in CRIMSON.

I get really nervous (probably because I’ve been doing edits) when readers think/expect/hope a book turns out a certain way. Like any author, I want to live up to reader expectations. At the same time, I realize that’s impossible. There are too many expectations. I can’t possibly meet them all. So I do what I’ve always done, I write the book for me and hope that other people enjoy it, too. For those of you expecting certain aspects, I hope I don’t disappoint you.

Peace, Love and Brownies.

8 comments to “My Sister’s Birthday and Reader Expectations”

  1. Happy Birthday to your sister Jordan!

    No expectations here Jordan! I enjoyed Red and am looking forward to reading Scarlet. 😉

    All the best to you.

  2. If everything develops logically from the characters and situation, it can only be a satisfying story. 🙂 And in this biz, the only person you can ever be sure of pleasing is yourself. 🙄

  3. I like your thinking on this. You get a chance to experience the evolving world through the series with some hindsight as to your beginning.

  4. Lea, Thank you! I’ll pass on the well-wishes.

    Thanks! 😀

  5. Charli, Isn’t that the truth? (nods)

  6. Bernard, Exactly. Unfortunately, we all know what hindsight is like. :/

  7. I hope your sister had a good birthday today. I look forward to whatever both Scarlet and Crimson have in store for the hero and the heroine.

  8. Karin, I think she had a good day. She’s out with the boyfriend tonight.

    Thank you! It definitely turned out different than I imagined, considering the third book was supposed to strictly be about another couple. *wg*