Notes from readers. Part two. 2/4

To have someone love all the parts of you that need loving, well, I’ve yet to find an offering of any other kind which is comparable.” —Britney King, A Secret Project 

For the remainder of the month, I’ll be posting notes from readers. Some of them have asked to remain anonymous and others have asked for the opposite. It’s impossible to describe what these notes mean to me. It’s easier just to share them. 🙂 Basically, it’s a lot.

I can do small talk and surface level, if I have to. But (so far) those aren’t the kind of stories I write. So, to know that readers connect with my characters in ways that are meaningful to them, well, as a writer you can’t really ask for more than that.

That said, this one, in particular, is very personal. I haven’t ever shared publicly how my brother died, not so much because I was ashamed or embarrassed (I’m not) or even necessarily to protect my niece from reading about her dad on the internet, although that has certainly been a factor. Mostly, I never really had a good reason. The note below (though certainly not the first of its kind) was a combination of a good reason and the right timing.


Dear Britney,

Just wanted to drop you a few lines and say you are my favorite Author. I just finished the series Somewhere With You and Around The Bend!  OMG is all I can say!  Both books touched me so much. In some ways, I felt I was reading about myself. Both books just tore my heart out. Of course, I had to call my sister which she is now reading Around The Bend. I’m also a recovering addict, 18 months now. I’m getting ready to start Water Under the Bridge!  You are TRULY AMAZING especially how you touch your readers. Best books I have read in a very long time. Stayed up way into the night finishing them. Look forward to reading everything you write!!


Missy A.

Dear Missy,

First, let me apologize for taking a few days to get back with you, especially after such a personal and heartfelt note.
Secondly, thank you for writing such kind words. I cherish every email I get from readers and it means a lot that you took the time to reach out. It means even more that your note is so personal. I am so glad you loved the books, there’s nothing quite like the feeling of having a reader ‘get you.’
My brother died at 29 of a heroin overdose. My teenage sons found him unexpectedly. I arrived shortly thereafter and walking into that scene is something that will never leave me. We had no idea he was using. He was a new user, actually, as evidenced by the texts I found on his phone asking the ‘friend’ who sold him the product how to go about using it. That’s not to say that being a new or an old user makes much difference, the outcome is obviously the same. My point being is that it was such a shock. But then, I’m sure it always is. Anyway, his death was the catalyst that got me to finally do what I’d been saying I wanted to do forever: write a book. 
I will keep you in my thoughts and I hope that you think of my/his story if ever you’re tempted to use in the future. Mostly, I hope you know that I am heavily and deeply rooting for you.
Big hugs,

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