Perhaps the greatest blessing I receive as an author is hearing from readers. They send me emails, letters, photos, drawings, such as this great rockin’ dragon sent by Sierra Reep, and even cookies. They tell me how much my books mean to them, and I am often overwhelmed by their testimonies.
I have heard from readers who have become Christians because of my books, are now walking closer to God, or have changed their minds about hurting others or themselves. To date thirteen teenagers have said that the uplifting messages in my books kept them from committing suicide.
On more than one occasion a reader has arranged a Dragons in our Midst party and invited other readers to come. When I went to one of these parties in the Atlanta area, readers came from as far away as New Jersey and Louisiana to get together for one afternoon because of their love for my books. What an amazing blessing!
When I go on book tours, I often meet readers who become good friends with my children, and now we have close bonds. Some have traveled from distant cities to spend time with our family. On one occasion, a couple of readers helped my family move from Orlando to Tennessee.
My readers are more valuable than gold. That’s why I reply to every email, every letter, and every author-directed post in my social media pages. It can take several hours each week to get to all of them, but it’s worth it.
Some readers ask for counsel regarding very difficult, even tragic events in their life. They don’t have anyone else to turn to. How could I ignore a single cry for help? As long as God gives me strength, that will never happen.
So, hats off to my readers! You rock! Without you, I could never be an author. Without you, I would have no reason to write. May God help me never to forget that as an author I am a servant, and I must always use my author’s chair to help others.