I read and appreciate every note and comment sent to me. Your notes are often the best part of my day, so thank you! I wish I could respond to more than just a few, but I'm perpetually behind on life, and I find that I have less and less time to reply. It's nothing personal and has everything to do with my need to focus on writing. But I received a note from a reader who is going through a very rough time. I know she's not the only one out there, so I'm posting this response to my other readers who may be expleriencing something similar.
Thank you for letting me know that my books have brightened your life in some small way. I'm really touched. I wish I could write fifty novels for you to help you get through your rough times.
Even though it feels like this phase of your life will last forever, know that everything in life changes. There are good times waiting for you in your future. You can make it through your current situation and build a good life for yourself. You are that powerful. You are that strong.
In the meantime, be kind and loving to yourself and choose to be with people who are good to you. You deserve it.
I think I'll dedicate the next book to readers like you—readers like Penryn who have it tough at home, who had to grow up fast due to life circumstances, and have no idea how much potential they really have. You are being fire-forged, just like Penryn. And like her, you can turn your greatest trials into your greatest strengths.
Wishing you love, security, and happiness,