Miss Zula

spring 2007
My camellias are all blooming; the magnolia tree is in full flower. The rest of the garden is a disaster. But one thing at a time.

On another front, I got some feedback on Tied to the Tracks which I have been trying to process:

I wanted Miss Zula’s story. I wanted to hear her voice. I wanted her sister’s story. Those were the storylines that interested me, and there wasn’t enough of them.

I’ll try to reflect back what this reader is telling me:

This reader would have liked Tied to the Tracks better if it had been all about Miss Zula and her family, from Miss Zula’s POV.

Some time ago I posted about my old friend from grad school, Steve Huff, and what happened at his doctoral dissertation defense. That post was about the way readers sometimes respond to authors, and how authors respond back.

So my first impulse is to write back to this person with this set piece:

I see your point, that would be an interesting story. If you’d like to advance me $100,000 for approximately two year’s work with the standard Author’s Guild contract in place, I’ll see what I can do.

On the other hand, I do appreciate the fact that my secondary characters made such an impression. So I’m going to do something I rarely try to do: I’m going to say something about my intent in how I wrote TTTT. In the next post.

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