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January 30 – write a letter to your fans. You might want to check my fellow bloggers and get back with me because this was a hard one.

But I did it ….

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Hi there, fans! Welcome to the blog.

Let me dispel immediately any notion you might have that I am writing from a garret or an ivory tower. There are probably writers who do live like that, but I wouldn’t know because I’m a crazy person who lives in Alaska where reality will push through the walls and freeze you solid if you try to ignore it.

In keeping with Alaska culture, I live a pretty practical life. I have a money job, two kids (both old enough to vote now), a husband and a yellow Labrador who is so cute if you look up “adorable” in the dictionary, you will find a picture of her. We heat with wood and haul diesel as a supplement. In the room where the wood stove blazes away, the walls are lined with book cases, some of them two books deep. Writing is something I do because I can’t not write. That’s not a mistaken sentence. Writing flows from me at every turn and I don’t know how to turn it off.

Fortunately, I don’t want to turn it off. It’s how I entertain myself and how I exorcise my demons and discipline my angels. The side benefit is that I can now share those stories with you.

I try to imagine who my fans are, but it’s really hard to tell based on the reviews on Amazon. I get such a variety. I also write in multiple genres, so I know I have different sorts of fans. Who reads high fantasy anymore? Hey, if you would like to introduce yourselves to me, feel free to drop a line on the blog or hit my email address. I know you’re out there. Someone’s buying and reading the books, but I don’t hear from you, so ….

I hear from fans of Transformation Project – libertarians and conservatives, people who like apocalyptics, some preppers. But again, I love to hear from folks because knowing who my fans are helps me to be a better writer.

A writer really hasn’t reached self-actualization until her writing has been read and appreciated. So thank you! You will never know how much you mean to me. I hope you will show how much my stories mean to you by leaving a review on Amazon, but even if you don’t … know that I smile to myself when I see that someone bought a book or read some pages. Some weeks my jaws ache from smiling and that’s a good feeling.

You’re also welcome to contact me, ask me questions, try to wrestle some hints from me on future plots … or even give me ideas of what you would like me to explore. No promises because manipulating my characters is similar to herding cats, but a writer can never have too many plot ideas and who better to get them from than her fans?

The days are getting longer here. There was still some sunset left in the sky when I left work last night. I went home and did some mean things to the nice people of Emmaus, but I’m also working on a satirical short story for an anthology. We still have 2 1/2 months of winter here regardless of what Phil the groundhog says, so expect to see another book out soon. I’ve got a literary fiction at the beta readers right now. Yes, a literary fiction! I might try my hand at a mystery next.

Thanks for reading … not just my novels, but also my blog posts. Hope you’re all well and curled up somewhere warm reading.

Lela Markham

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Posted January 30, 2017 by aurorawatcherak in Blog Hop, Uncategorized

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