Clipart-Cartoon-Design-13As an author, you’re a public figure.  Whether you like or not, your works—your books—become a free-fire zone for public opinion.

I don’t disagree with that.  People spend their hard-earned money to buy your products and thus have every right to express their thoughts about them.

Your books will be both acclaimed and denigrated.  It’s part of the business.  I don’t particularly like getting a thumbs down in a book review—and I don’t often—but it comes with the territory.  Readers have different expectations and standards.  I get it.

But some criticisms totally puzzle me.  Like one that Cascadia got a few days ago that said, in part, “This felt like a ‘chick’ novel . . . . I expected more hypothetical scenarios involving the aftermath of the mega-quake, but instead received a novel about romantic relationships.”

Romantic relationships?  Uhh, are you sure you read Cascadia?

Yes, there are relationships in the novel.  But certainly nothing of a classic romantic nature.  There is what I’d term an “anti-romantic” subplot, but true romance?  Nope.

And I didn’t, by design, dwell on the aftermath of the disaster.  I focused instead on the conflicts, both moral and physical, that people face when caught in the teeth of an unimaginable tragedy. 

Like I said, folks have different expectations and standards.  But “chick novel?”  Gotta be honest.  That one left me totally bamboozled.


  1. Margo Hoare says:

    At least they read it, I guess. I am infatuated with the Oregon Coast and was searching for novels set there and ran across Cascadia which I can’t wait to read. The last time we stayed there (this time Pacific City) the first thing I did was find the Tsunami route.

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