The problem of dedicated fans

By , 10 October 2006 9:54 pm

I have a couple of dedicated fans of the series who correspond on the IAMTHIRSTY website about my books, and speculate on what’s going to happen. Now as they will probably read this I have to say that I’m awed and delighted and flattered by this. But I really don’t know what to do about their speculations. One or two have even been close to the mark. Another couple have even made me wonder whether I shouldn’t have bent the plot that way. It’s a little bit like having someone standing over your shoulder as you write, nudging you and suggesting this or that. One is tempted to yell out “It’s my book, guys, leave off!”

But actually I value them enormously and wouldn’t mind 1000 more like them. Nor would my bank manager. But I do wonder how J. K. Rowling handles it.

3 Responses to “The problem of dedicated fans”

  1. graham says:

    with fairly bad grace I’ve heard!She appears to hate people on intruding her on her private space, but doesn’t seem to mind that they have made her a multi-multi-millionaire! I think I could manage to at least be civil! However the chances of me ever writing a book, let alone one that sells is fairly slim so we shall never know!

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think it is one of the positive and negative things about the internet age. The internet gives readers unprecidented access to the author of a book. This is quite a change from an author having a very limited number of people communicating with him or her about a book as it is being written. Having such broad feedback can be a good thing — but I imagine it can also be limiting. It might be frustrating for a writer to have some big surprise ending and then have someone guess it before anyone has even read the book – or before it is even written!

  3. Shannon says:

    heh … she probably says, “It’s my book, guys, leave off!” :-)

    Sometimes other people have good ideas … but ultimately I think it has to be YOUR story and YOUR vision, to be truly unique.

    Welcome to blogworld, BTW!

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