Well… today was a day, wasn’t it?
I had a hard time figuring out what I wanted to say. I wasn’t on the cruise, I wasn’t at the party. I have absolutely NO first-hand knowledge of ANYTHING that happened, and I want to be very clear about that. I have no personal financial interest in any of this. I do not know where the money is, or if it will go where it was supposed to go. My guess is that with the number of refunds being demanded, if the artists get whatever was promised to them (and they should) there won’t be much left. Hopefully those who get refunds will go ahead and donate directly to the charities, but if that will be up to those who bought tickets.
Here’s what I do know:
a) There were reviews quoted on her site. I decided to look up the review sites to see if I might want to submit my own book for review, and I couldn’t find anything. Most people will link directly to positive reviews, if they’re going to quote them.
b) 17,000 copies is a HUGE amount. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but that’s verging on bestseller status.
And that’s all I’m saying. I never said anything prior to this, because, like my friend Jessica said, I didn’t want to appear to be attacking another author. I would never want to do that. I’m uncomfortable with it now, and I’m going to have a very hard time hitting “publish” on this post.
However, that being said, I got a bit uncomfortable today when I saw tweets talking about “that boy band author” and then referring to what seemed like Idol Hands. I didn’t want anyone mixing me up with what happened in Miami.
So here’s what I’d like you to know:
- I don’t consider Idol Hands fan fic. I saw a tweet that actually really hurt my feelings, even though they weren’t talking about me. They said something about writing a book using Donnie as a character (with the name changed) was “creepy.” I want everyone to understand that Idol Hands is not about a boy band. There is a boy band in it, and yes, it was very much inspired by the New Kids. I’d be lying if I said otherwise. BUT, the book is about Tara, and her journey. The band is almost a backdrop. I think that anyone who has read it would agree with me, but if you read it, and don’t agree, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments.
- I also don’t consider myself a “boy band writer.” I wrote ONE book with a boy band in it. If you’re expecting that from all of my books, you’re going to be awfully disappointed. My next book is actually a historical novel.
- I have never, and will never, use the guys to try to sell my book. People have repeatedly said that I should give them copies. I’m not comfortable with that. I really do want the book to stand on its own. I don’t feel the need to have pictures of them holding it, or to give out the impression that they’re supporting it. Heck, even if I wanted to, I couldn’t. Despite one nasty site saying that I must be a “stan”, I have only ever met one of them, and it was for all of thirty seconds.
- I have no interest in organizing any big events. I have four kids 😉
I hate that I felt that I had to write this. I feel like I’m being defensive, but today has made me feel that way.
I’m a writer who happened to use a boy band (that I do, in fact, love very much, and have for 23 years) in her book. I’m NOT a boy band writer. Thank you for listening.