King as Queen, at least when it comes to Dukes
Thereâ€™s a gorgeous review of Touchstone in January Magazine. (Thanks for the headâ€™s up, Vicki).
Some writers claim they donâ€™t read reviews. Some of those I even believe. But I do, always, even the bad ones, because they are a part of the necessary dialogue between the writer and her readers. How else do I know if Iâ€™ve got it right, if I donâ€™t listen to what careful, trained readers have to say?
A good review, and this one by Dick Adler is very good, is not merely a praise-fest, but a thoughtful commentary that illuminates the book even for someone who has lived with it for two years. For example, he describes the Duke of Hurleigh as â€œa wonderfully shrewd old gent who collects porcelain dogs and drops malapropisms like crumbs on a shirtfront, but is the wisest man in the book.â€ Yes!â€”and if Iâ€™d had Adlerâ€™s comment to mind before I began to write the Duke, it would have made his character a lot easier to develop.
If only I could have Adler whispering in my ear now, as Iâ€™m trying to get a handle on the characters in the new Russell storyâ€¦
Happy 2008, everyone. May your words flow smoothly and your reading always excite.