Had a phone call from a woman I used to work with. I gifted her the three collected Christmas story volumes last week or so. Today she called me and said, "I can't put the book down! I love your stories!"
Apparently once I get my books into someone's hands they can't put them down. It's the putting the books into the right people's hands that has stymied so far.
I do not dumb down my books for quick and easy, mindless reads. I use language like an artist uses color, light and texture. I create characters you feel you know better than you know your own family members. I create characters who are far from perfect but they don't give up.
I'd love to have you contact me and tell me, "I can't put it down!", but first you have to pick it up.