I think it’s fairly accurate to say that every reader has a ‘go-to’ author. I have a handful that I will read, knowing that I will not be disappointed. I’ve mentioned them before, my faves, they are: Julia Quinn, Teresa Medeiros, Stephanie Dray (Stephanie Draven), and Diana Gabaldon. I look forward to their books with all the enthusiasm of a kid on Christmas morning.
I’ve been lucky enough to meet them all at writer conferences. I’ve blushed, offered my well worn copy of their book up for signature and hugged it tight once their name was safely inked inside. It’s such a small thing – a signature – to make you feel so giddy.
After one session of fan-girl ranting on my blog, I received a very sweet email from one of the above mentioned authors. I was pretty tickled – okay, I was ridiculously excited… *ahem* Anyway, said amazing author offered to read Medusa, A Love Story. And, maybe, offer a blurb for the book. And I completely freaked out.
I mean, did I dare take her up on such an offer?
What if she hated it?
What if she hated it so much that she couldn’t offer a blurb?
What if she hated it so much that she asked me never to mention her name again for fear of being associated with me…
Yes, I was a wee bit worried. You see, her opinion mattered because I respect her work. *gulp*
BUT – what if (tiny voice) she did like it?
I swallowed, sent the book and began to chew off all of my nails.
I received her response. And this is what she said:
“This tragic and beautiful retelling of one of the world’s oldest stories tackles the eternal battle between duty and happiness. Medusa, A Love Story broke my heart then filled in the cracks with joy. Sasha Summers is simply a mesmerizing new talent.”
Author of the critically acclaimed Song of the Nile
These words are about my book. And they will go on the cover of my book…
I can’t begin to tell you how I felt reading these words. (Or how much I cried and laughed…) Or how they still make me feel. But I can say that I hope I live up to her praise with each and ever book I write.