Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sunday Musings: Revisiting: Nov 30 2014 - What do our reader responses mean to us

Sunday Musings: November 30 2014

Hello, Musers!

To our US Muser Family, Happy Thanksgiving weekend. Hope you've had and are having a great time.

Being Canadian, I celebrate Thanksgiving in October, but the one thing we have in common is a sense of giving thanks during this time. As writers one of the major aspects of our careers are our readers. With that in mind...

...what do our reader responses mean to us?


 For me readers response is VERY important. Even you don't agree, the fact that anybody took the time out of a busy life to bother answering is one big compliment.  I love hearing from readers.

Reader response is the best feedback I can get. Some readers leave a short review, just expressing what the book mean to them. Others are more detailed, going into which characters interested them most and how they felt about the scenes. At other times, criticism has helped me improve my next book. Without readers, our books would languish without anyone but us to enjoy them, so I think appealing to readers is the most important thing to do.

Reader responses mean everything to me. I love it when people tell me that they enjoyed my book/books. Personal enjoyment and satisfaction and readers responses are the greatest rewards that I get from writing. 


To me, it's nourishment...even the "bad," because without knowing what's not working, how can I fix it? Also, what Jean said: it's great that someone took the time out of their busy schedule to a) read my book and b) comment on it. Readers make this whole crazy process more worthwhile than if I were just writing for myself, and hearing from them always makes my day!

I treasure reader responses and always answer every comment and question I receive. Some individuals ask for considerable detail and raise significant points that lead to a series of complex communications. I have included some suggestions in the later volumes of my series.

That a person reads my work and thinks enough of it to contact me about it is a great honor. I hope I shall continue to be worthy of it.

DAWN KNOX, author

So far, I've only had good reviews for 'Daffodil and the Thin Place'. All the responses have all been unsolicited, so I've been thrilled.
I get a bit embarrassed if people tell me face to face but I still really appreciate it. I can't bring myself to ask anyone what they think of the book as I always assume if they like it they'll tell me and if they don't they'll keep quiet. However, I'm prepared for people to respond negatively at some point and I tell myself that it's just a matter of taste and if someone doesn't like my book, that's fine, but when it happens, I know I will be hurt.

On 6th December, the first script that I've ever written for a dramatisation  will be performed and I imagine that I will be able to see people's responses in their faces! That's going to be interesting!

Thanks for joining us and see you next week!
 If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman  at

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

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Friday, July 17, 2015

A Widow of Bath Historical Mystery

Enjoy not one but two historical mysteries this summer…
A Widow of Bath Mystery Series
 An Older Evil & A Taste of Evil
by Lindsay Townsend

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Sunday Musings: Revisiting: January 19 2014

Why must writers read?

Thank you again for visiting us and keep reading and we'll keep writing (and reading)

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman  at

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Beast of Burden

When a werewolf kills her father, Kat copes the best she can—she rips out its throat. Kat’s a werecougar and her secret’s safe as long as she wears grandma’s amulet. Yet there are some things not even a werecougar can outrun.

Hiding from the killer inside, once-popular Kat walks the halls of Alpine Ridge High, cast out of the in-crowd, alone in a sea of former friends. When they target her as the butt of their jokes, Kat struggles to keep her claws retracted.

Even if Kat’s almost given up, life hasn’t forgotten about her. New boy in town Remi Gere has all the makings of a knight in shining armor—hot, sweet, and chivalrous—an unexpected breath of first love. But when Kat discovers who Remi really is, will she go for his heart—or his throat?

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Beast of Burden by Angela Robbins
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Sunday, July 5, 2015

Sunday Musings: Revisiting: January 5 2014

We're taking the summer off, but please keep visiting to revisit our previous musing gems.

How Musings Began

Thank you, Musers.

And thank you, our friends, for joining us today.

If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman at

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday Musings: June 28 2015

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Morning, Musers.

It's Summer! And with this vacation heavy season, this will be our last 'live' Sunday Musings until September.  During the next few weekends we'll revisit some of our past Musings. Thank you for your continual support.

In the meantime, what do we have for you this week?

How does a writer convey the summer season to their readers without's summer?

How do you do this within genres, SF or Fantasy, where it may not be so obvious?

Let's get musing and have a grand and fun Summer vacation season.

I don't think using the word "summer" is a bad thing, but it's just one adjective- I never use it as a noun. For example talking about a "summer rain falling, quenching the torrid heat."  The key is to describe both the environment and how characters react to it. As a speculative fiction writer, you do have to go an extra distance making sure of exactly what the seasons are. In my current series I've kept the seasons generally akin to the seasons in the Northern Hemisphere, but they're a lot milder, unless you travel to certain regions. In other fantasy, seasons might have totally different meanings.  The clearest example is probably the Song of Ice and Fire books by George RR Martin (and the Game of Thrones TV series based on them) where each "season" lasts for multiple years. He spends a lot of time explaining how that works, and it's a central concept to the novels overall. 

It's the job of the writer to convey all sorts of things. Things like mood, appearance, time of day or time of day can be hinted at or alluded to without actually saying, 'It is summer.'

In my debut historical romance, Mariah's Marriage, Tobias calls at the house Mariah shares with her papa, Mr. Jerome Fox. They walk out into the communal gardens behind the house:

          They stepped through and the greenery surrounded them. She heard the doors clip shut cutting off her aunt’s stridency and replacing it with the drone of bees and the distant barking of a chained dog.

          Tobias walked ahead of her down the short brick path that led to a gate from Jerome’s property into the shared land in the square. He waited while she walked through and closed the gate behind them.

          “You have no hat,” he said.

          “The trees are in full leaf and will protect me from too much glare,” she answered.

As always, thanks for joining us and see you in September!
 If you have a question or comment you’d like us to muse upon, do not hesitate to contact me Christine Steeves-Speakman  at