I wanted to talk to you guys about twitter and three main things that I think need to be addressed about the community there. I have to say, I really love it on twitter! It’s so nice to be able to talk to you guys! But as the fandom gets bigger (which is awesome) it gets a bit harder to manage (which is unawesome). So, for now, I’m going to have to suspend Question Monday.
There are three main reasons I have to cut this off for the time being. One, a lot of the questions are things mentioned on my FAQ page and are easy to get the answer to. Two, a lot of the questions are spoliery these days, and I can’t say anything even though I REALLY want to. And three, when people see I’m online for a long time, they start spamming me with requests for follows and shout outs. It clogs up the feed, and I miss the questions that might be worth getting to. It’s a bit of a mess. This doesn’t mean I won’t answer questions that come my way. It just might be less frequent is all. I still want to chat with you, and I’m trying to find better ways to do it.
Another thing that gets asked a lot on twitter is if I will follow someone. Almost 100% of the time, the answer is no. Here’s why: twitter is kind of my hub. I get a lot of book news there as well as updates from fellow authors. If I tried to follow all the people who asked for it, that information would get crowded out. My wee brain has a hard enough time keeping up as it is! So, I’m sorry, I can’t follow you. I promise you though, I do see all of my replies. I may not be able to answer you, but I absolutely see you. So if you want to say hi or let me know about something you’re reading or whatever, feel free to do so. I’m always happy to hear from you, and that will never change.
This last request is a bit of a downer, but it must be addressed. PLEASE STOP SAYING YOU’RE GOING TO KILL ME OR YOURSELF IF THE TRILOGY DOESN’T END A CERTAIN WAY. I don’t know you personally, so maybe what you’re saying is a joke… or maybe it’s a threat. It makes me very uncomfortable, and I would really appreciate it if you could stop tweeting that at me. First of all, I have very little control over my characters. Things turn out the way they turn out. If you don’t like it, that’s what fanfics are for. And second, saying you’re going to take someone else’s life or your own is no joke. I’ve known a handful of people with some serious issues in this area, and I don’t take that lightly.
If you’re genuinely having problems and are thinking of hurting yourself or someone else, PLEASE SEEK HELP. I am not the person to send that to.
I like books, especially ones that take me to a world different from my own. And if that world somehow lets me down, there are thousands in line behind it to make me forget or win over my heart or do that magical thing that books do, and I know you know what it is, but I can’t describe it. So please, feel free to be in love with or angry at my books and my characters. Just don’t feel like you have to stay that way.
Again, I’m still working on communicating better with you guys. A huge help to me would be for you to look at the FAQ page, and if you think there’s a broad or important question that’s been missed, please leave it in the comments.
Thanks so much for hanging out with me and reading my books. I like you.