I love to write. All authors/writers do or we would not do it. It’s as simple as that. My EVE series falls under the genre of Young Adult fiction with the subgenres of romance, time travel, science fiction, and paranormal. All of that is good and well. Publishing your work is like opening your diary while standing there naked for the entire world to see and it is terrifying because that’s when the reviews come. Many authors, including myself, try not to heed them because we know, some are good, and some are not. Hopefully, the good outweigh the bad. Not everyone is going to love my work. I am aware of that and I can assure you, I am also fine with it. It goes with the territory of putting your work out there for the world to read.
I have seen reviews on author’s work, authors a hell of a lot more popular and successful than myself, such as Anne Rice, Stephen King, J. K. Rowling, etc…I’m sure you get my point, receive negative reviews from time to time…even some that are considered nasty. While I do not personally know any of the aforementioned, I can safely say that I am sure they are aware that their particular writing style/work may not be right for everyone.
As for me, the purpose of my writing is to entertain readers with a story I created. Given my genre, which is NOT HISTORICAL fiction or heaven forbid, historical nonfiction, I do take a few liberties. As the writer I can do that. I do a lot of historical research on clothing, locations, homes, hairstyles, education, artifacts, etc., in order to maintain some resemblance of accuracy. However, I did not do this with the dialect for the majority of my cast.
Why? The answer is quite simple. My target audience is the average person, 13 years old and up and I did not want my series to read like a Jane Austin novel. Now don’t misunderstand me, I love Jane Austin and very much enjoy her work and have for many years. But for the average person, her work can be challenging at times to decipher and I did not want my readers to make such a jump in translation between my two time periods, the Victorian Era — Modern Day. While there is some who disagree with my decision, that was my personal choice and I stand by it.
My hope is that those who pick up one of my books are entertained by it. I want them to fall in love with Jocelyn and Jackson, enjoy their journey together and get to know them personally. For readers to have fun with the cast of characters, their experiences and discover the vast wonderment of EVE. I want my readers to question EVE and their own perception of reality. I hope to draw my audience into this fictional reality and divert them, make them forget about everything else while they hold those pages. If I can accomplish that much, then I will consider myself successful.