Chatting with a Reader #Author, #Conversation, #Reader

Chatting with a Reader #Author, #Conversation, #Reader

Earlier today, a friend from pottery said, “I finished your book. It was good. I read it all in one sitting.”

That made me glad. I mean, that’s the type of thing an author wants to hear.

Later, I asked, “What about the book did you like and were there things you didn’t like?”

That’s a scary question. You never know what a reader will say. If you’re like me, you only hope they’re honest.

Writer praise is lovely, but only if truly deserved.

Anyhow, she talked of liking the story, and understanding points from both sides. She liked my characters, everything flowed well, and it was an enjoyable read.


Oh, I did ask about what was not liked.


“All that was good, but I could’ve done without the EFF word.”

“I heard myself telling her it was due to the character, how they talked, due to where they’re from Etc.

Now, however, I find myself looking at the draft of the second book and asking myself if I can depend more on the action and tone of the story and characters to bring forth what is being stated when this word is used.

It is used very sparingly and there are honestly places due to the character’s personality where it may remain, but this is like commas and adverbs a few go an extraordinarily long way.

I’m never going to justify why I do what I do. If I need to do that, I need to think about what I’m putting on the page.

However, if I can find a better way to do something which highlights my ability rather than leaning on a by word, I think I might give that a try.

Just some writerly musings on a Monday afternoon.

Have a wonderful day.






Patty L. Fletcher

Bridging the great chasm which separates the disAbled from the non-disAbled


The cover is a deep, candy apple red, with the title, The Blended Lives Chronicles: Sides of the Order at the top in white text. At the bottom is the author’s name, Patty L. Fletcher, also typed in white. Above the author’s name and below the title of the book is a white skeleton key, taking up about 3/4 of the cover space.



About the Book


Lady Laya MoonWalker is a well respected author and magazine owner and a high priestess in the magickal community. After a drawn-out battle with the forces of dark magik, she has come into her own. She lives and works on Planet Korponious, where she is the owner and creator of an Interplanetary Magazine called “Blended Lives Chronicles.” Her mission is to blend the lines of race, creed, and disability that separate so many and to elevate the recognition of the training and ability of Service Animals of all kinds to a new level. She has just been accepted into the Blended Lives Federation and now hopes to continue her work in a way like nothing known to her before.

Laya has created allot of wreckage along the way through her dark journey into the light, and now she wishes to set this to right. She has just received her best break ever. Frank Prince, the CEO of The Blended Lives Learning Center, has invited her to the Celtic New Year Convention and Witches Ball as a reporter to write a story on the progress of The Blended Lives Planetary Federation. She will be their guest speaker at the opening ceremonies.

When Laya arrives at the Celtic Convention, she finds herself face to face with an old and dear friend, Blended Lives Learning Center Instructor and member of the Order of the Night, Derrick Gibbous. As they begin to connect, causing old sparks to reignite, they are tossed into a nasty battle from which not everyone will escape. People are not as they seem, and not everyone supports the side for which they appear to work.

As their love for one another grows, so does the battle. Despite everything, Laya and Derrick are determined to see their work to unite beings of all kinds succeed.





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