Every once in a while, I remember why I love being a writer. My modest goal is to have my books read by as many people as possible, to get good constructive feedback from readers and periodically hear how my book touched somebody’s life in a positive way. I had one of those moments a few days ago.
I had sent out a single book to a reader who wanted a copy for her daughter, but could not afford the bookstore or online price. After a few weeks, I got a private message on Facebook from the reader’s mother, expressing how much the book meant to her daughter.
The mother explained that my book had changed her daughter’s life. The girl, who is overcoming a slight learning disability, struggled with the story at first, but persevered to the end and loved the main character, Kayla Burbadge. She said that after reading Reversal, her daughter is becoming more independent and is less reliant on others for help. She went on to explain that the daughter has been willing to challenge herself to participate in activities that she’d previously been fearful of. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Mom explained that for the first time ever, the young girl is looking forward to returning to school in the fall (middle school, no less)!
So while riches, movie deals and critical acclaim may elude the majority of working writers, every once in a while, you get a reminder of what is really important about this work – having the ability and opportunity to positively impact a young person’s life.