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Feeling the love: Is she my biggest fan?

The writer's heart

A heartwarming response

Nothing warms a writer’s heart more than hearing how much a reader enjoyed his or her storytelling. I daresay most of us are not in this for the money (and if we are, we’d better have a good Plan B), so good reviews are the currency in which we really get paid. Word-of-mouth referrals are also the most effective means to get our work discovered. That’s why it’s always such a pleasure to get such reader comments as this one:

“I bought the book for my workmate…. Before I gave it to her I had to read it and I found it so exhilarating that I sped through it! I have told at least 5 people about it so I need to get more books to share because this one was a life-changer for me …it was über enlightening! I am so happy that you wrote this book and can’t wait to read your others. …I may be your biggest fan!”

So, is she going to be my biggest fan? We’ll see. If you haven’t checked out Senseless Confidential yet, I dare you to challenge her to that title! The official release date is August 1, but followers of my blog can get a discount code for a prerelease copy, either print or digital, just by leaving a comment anywhere on the blog.

Who’s your favorite book or film character?

Ferris Bueller

You can’t help but love him…

Ferris Bueller. Now there’s a name that inspired a generation. How could you not love that troublemaking, parent-hornswoggling truant, who left his poor high school principal apoplectic with rage? I mean, c’mon, he had the most upbeat outlook on life since Deepak Chopra. One impish smile and he had you wrapped around his little finger, admit it.

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice: as cute as Bueller?

Bueller is just one of many such quirky or endearing fictional characters from books and movies that have made us fall in love with them. Others that have stayed with me include:

  • Michael Keaton as the title character in Beetlejuice
  • John Cameron Mitchell as the title character in Hedwig and the Angry Inch
  • Kevin Spacey as Verbal Kint in The Usual Suspects
  • Kathleen Turner as Matty Walker in Body Heat
  • Pietro Brnwa in Beat the Reaper (by Josh Bazell)
  • Amir and Hassan in The Kite Runner (by Khaled Hosseini) and
  • Attila Ambrus (who’s not fictional at all, but larger than life nonetheless) in The Ballad of the Whiskey Robber (by Julian Rubenstein)
Beat the Reaper

An awesome book by Josh Bazell

There are so many more I could name, time and space permitting, but I’ll stop there.

Who are some of your favorite characters?

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