The Deafening Silence Broken

So I have been wondering recently if I should just let go of writing altogether these past few weeks. Man and Brother had no response whatsoever (though Tigner had).

Then this week, a B&N review showed up, and today, a reader tweeted about Man and Brother.

That these readers were moved by the novel–well, their responses moved me. This manuscript had ground me down into paper dust and dried ink and made me wonder if I’d edited out the emotional depth that I felt when I drafted it initially. This acknowledgment that I didn’t absolutely screw up was a gift of kindness from those readers.

BugsBunnyinTearsI am weary today. I cried (ugly, of course) over the tweet. I’m still a little dazed about it, wondering if this is the start or the end and being grateful that it happened at all.

However, I think I’ll not worry about choosing to quit or to continue my writing career for a few days. The deafening silence was broken, and that makes today a very good day for this author.

Author: Jess Alter

In 2014, author Jessica “Jess” Alter published the third and final installment in an epic social science fiction trilogy filled with sex, tech, and firearms. Her new Cryptid Series was published on multiple ebook platforms starting in 2015. The first book in the series, ‘Til Undeath Do Us Part, brings cryptid lore and legend into the modern scientific world with unexpected and thrilling results. When she’s not writing, she enjoys collecting folktales from around the world, adapting dessert recipes, baking homemade breads, and crocheting little monsters. You can find her web journal at and find her on Twitter as @Jess_Alter.

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