Having time off from work because of Sandy, I’ve had time to ponder on the response of readers to MISSING. And what have I learned?
Simple concept, I know. I write complex characters that are full of flaws from their past. Lessons they must learn and demons they sometimes face. I love to read books with characters that must forge through the storm to come out on the other side. I love to cheer for the protagonist that must overcome adversity to reach their goal. And these are the men who’s stories I tell.
But I understand when people long for a perfect prince when reading a romance. Some readers want to get carried away and not deal with real life. They want that knight on the horse that will change everything.
I can enjoy those stories, but I sometimes find they turn into the same ‘ol same ‘ol. So I layer my men to wrestle with things such as addiction or loss. And take readers on the journey with them as they attempt to work through issues.
So that’s why I get that the same book can get rave reviews from one reader and low stars from another. Two different readers viewing the same story are bringing their own reading desires with them…and I don’t always deliver what they want.
So does this change my next story? No. It was already written. Hopefully to be published in 2013. A different feel – a romance for those wanting love – but my protagonist is still not perfect.
In my world: no one is.