I’ve already mentioned a few reader reactions–though I have to say, I don’t think I have personally received any negative letters on these books, I know they are not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, I just looked at the Amazon reviews of Afton, and the most recent one says I have a sick mind. Sigh. She also mentions the dead cat. (What would she have thought if I wrote that one as true to history–it was actually the lover’s heart, not a cat. But I digress . . . )
If I were writing those books today, I probably wouldn’t be as graphic– or maybe I’d describe things more . . . gracefully. (Notice how careful I’ve been about the “ick” factor in the funeral home books.) I have learned. That most recent Amazon review mentions how a king cut off the noses of some children (and obviously, the writer thinks I’m twisted for reporting it), but that was a historical incident. Today, I might couch it in gentler terms, but still . . . those were perilous times, and I tried to be honest about the period. Historical fiction that reads as “too gentle” doesn’t ring true with me, but today I think I’d be more careful in how much detail I included.
But . . . we live and we learn. I’ve learned a lot about my readers’ sensibilities over the years, and readers have learned what to expect from me. And Christian fiction has matured to the point that there are now lots of genres with something for everyone.
Do you have any questions about this series? If so, just leave your question in the comments box. Happy Monday!