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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Nephew Appreciation

Something cool happened the other day when my brother-in-law and his family received a copy of Perilous. My young nephews were so excited because their very own aunt had written the book. Immediately they sat down with notebook papers and started writing their own books, each one deciding they want to be novelists.

If that's not cool enough, my 10-year-old nephew (the oldest in the group) went on to read the book in a day. And he loved it.

I continue to be amazed at the range of readers who find Perilous appealing. Women my mom's age, guys I knew in Brazil, and kids that I thought would be too young for the subject matter (boys, even!). Fascinating.

I've also come to the conclusion that the average reader will love my book, but the critic will not. It's been criticized as 'unbelievable' and too 'coincidental.' Yes, it is. It's a YA fiction book that employs elements of--well, fiction. If you liked Life is Beautiful and could overlook the unbelievable aspects of that historical fiction, you'll be able to overlook them in my book.

Fantastic movie, by the way.  It's not that these things COULDN'T happen. It's just that they probably WOULDN'T. But we all want to believe they could.

10 comments:

Cami Checketts said...

That is so great! What a compliment to you and look how you're influencing your nephews.
My niece met a well-known author and asked him, "Do you know my Aunt Cami, she's a famous author." Aahh. Gotta love kiddos!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

That's so cute, Cami! Makes you feel important!

Vicki Rocho said...

That's awesome! I don't think I've ever read a review before choosing a book, so I wouldn't let the critics get to you--there will always be some.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

It would take a lot for the critics to get to me, Vicki. Getting this book published has been on my to-do list for a long long time. I'm very happy to have gotten it accomplished! As long as some people like it, I'm happy. And I understand the critics. I think I am one.

kbrebes said...

Point well taken about LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, Tamara. So happy to hear your nephew loved it! Happy New Year!

LeishaMaw said...

The readers are the ones that matter. If they're smiling and devouring your book, you've won. :) Congrats.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

It's surprising what things people don't like. I know what I don't like, but not everyone else dislikes the same things!

Lynn said...

So neat to read how you have inspired your nephews to write. The success of a published book is beyond just reveiws. Perilous is on my list to read!

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Yay, Lynn! I'm glad! Just--don't be surprised that it's a bit fictitious! That seems to be throwing people.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Aw, how cute. And I LOVE that movie. :-)

-Lauren

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