It helps to know when you’re doing something right, but indie authors can be completely in the dark until the reviews come in. Now more than a year since I got brave and published The Girl on the Mountain, reviews and comments are good and growing. It’s all right that not everybody loves or “gets” it. Readers have many different tastes and expectations.
Thirty-eight Amazon customer reviews have mainly commented on the characters and the story. Today I was especially gratified to receive an email from a reader who shared his appreciation for the book’s West Virginia setting. It’s wonderful to know that someone else shares my response to this land and the industry of its people.
Here’s the email, reprinted with permission.
I am a clinical psychologist living in southwestern Virginia.
This past June I visited Cass, WV for the very first time. In so doing, The Girl on the Mountain came alive for me. I grew up in the mountains of sw Pennsylvania and spent much of my life in the southern Appalachian mountains. I appreciated your efforts to make the area come alive in a very compelling way.
I have family in sw Pennsylvania and travel through WV on a regular basis. My next visit through WV will be extra special because I will look at the surroundings through the eyes of May Rose.
NOTE: For readers in other countries who may not be familiar with our state names, West Virginia was once part of (western) Virginia, but formed as a new state at the outset of the War between the States. The fact that many Americans still think West Virginia is part of Virginia sets off rage in West Virginia University football fans!
An old-time logging railroad with Shay engines is preserved at Cass State Park in West Virginia. http://www.cassrailroad.com/