Sunday, 5 April 2015

The Story of the Invisible Author...

This is an author fan rave but not quite a book review and mostly just a ramble, and also it’s probably too long, so I apologize in advance.

A long time ago, I was busy browsing Goodreads for my next read. A book took my eye (I forget its name) and I clicked to its page. Then doing something I don’t often do (not until after I’ve read the book at least), I scanned the first few reviews.

Not far down the page, a reviewer had commented that this book reminded them of another book. That piqued my interest, so I searched for the other book mentioned. The blurb of this one hooked me in straight away and I didn’t bother to look at any of the reviews – I tabbed straight to Amazon!

I loved the book! A lot! So naturally, I searched for other books by this author. Yay! There was a second book. I bought it and loved it too!

Maybe you’re a reader like me. When I read a book and love it, when I love the characters, love the setting and wish I didn’t have to leave the story… part of me also decides to love the author. Their words have touched me so much, I want to connect with them in some small way. It doesn’t have to be much, just a point of reference, a snippet of their world. Maybe something telling me how they thought up the story idea. Some tiny personal thing like whether they write during quiet moments at work or at night on the kitchen table. That kind of thing. Sometimes I just want to say a big thank you for giving the world such a terrific book! 

But most of all, I want to know if they have another book in the works and when I can possibly get my hands on it!

Since this author had nothing on her page at Goodreads, nor on Amazon, off I went to Google. Guess what I found? Nothing. No website, no blog, no facebook, not even a twitter account. For all intents and purposes, this author was invisible.

Fast forward two years, and I’d never forgotten about this author. This is kind of a big deal, because I’m the person who instantly forgets people’s names. So let me stop for a moment and tell you why she has stuck in my mind.

By about page three of each book, I’ve started laughing. Out loud. This is a rarity for me. But each of her books has had me laughing those laughs that make my family look at me like I’ve lost my mind. Sometimes I can’t stop laughing. The characters are flawed in such an endearing way I can’t help but love them and be cheering for them. Which sometimes makes me cry as well. And even the minor characters are beautifully drawn. And not that there’s a lot of sex, but the sexual tension – oh hell yes! – burns the page!

But, back to my story. Because a couple of years had gone by, I’d almost lost hope. Then, a few days ago, while I was procrastinating, I had another look, and I got a huge surprise! There, on Amazon, was a new book! It’s been live for about a month and I missed the release!  After being out only a month, the book has already received 43 five-star reviews on Goodreads! 

Obviously there are fans out there, but it seems we’re mostly invisible, too. Which makes me wonder…

How many readers would’ve subscribed to a newsletter and been ready to pre-order or 1-click the new book?


How many readers would be buzzing about the book if they’d seen it on a review blog?

How many readers weren’t as determined as me and gave up?

At the bottom of the author’s Amazon page, are some links to an Amazon forum where she’s mentioned a few times, and this is about all I found in my searches.

One is titled: how can a fan get in touch w. Nicole Christie??

Another is titled: Nicole get a web page already you have fans

 

Which kind of says it all. Nicole Christie may have a multitude of fans, but we have nowhere to go.

 

There are lots of valid reasons why Nicole might not be accessible. I couldn’t even begin to suppose what they are and I’m in no way judging. 


 

Nicole, if you’re out there and read this, I want you to know I’m a huge fan. I adored Violet, and I’d love to read more about Juliet, Johnny and the mysterious Dean! I’m about third of the way through Celeb Crush and I'm in love with Luke and Andi. I literally had to force myself to stop reading and put the book down so I could write this post!

 

But please Nicole, get a website or blog or facebook (or email me!) or anything so I can stalk you better!

 

And other authors who might be wondering if having a social media presence is even worth the hassle? Let me assure you, from a purely (selfish) reader perspective, it is!

 

For anyone interested —  and who wouldn't be, after my rave? — I highly recommend Nicole Christie’s books:

 

CELEB CRUSH - 2015
 

SLOW BURN - 2013

Falling for the Ghost of You - 2012






 

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