I love every book that I write, specifically, because I write them for my readers. I want to give my fans something to think on, whether good or bad.
Dmitry’s Closet was my first book under RiverHouse Publishing, the company that I own. I was so nervous when I posted the book on Amazon in 2010 until I literally had a panic attack. It wasn’t that I thought the book was good; it was me hoping that the book was good enough for my readers.
This morning, I received over 100 texts and emails telling me that Goodreads had selected my first work (1 out of 19 from RiverHouse) to be selected for their 100 Romantic Reads. When I read the copy, it literally brought tears to my eyes. I was happy, and for me that is a really monumental word. Happy. I was actually happy!
I want to take the time to thank all of those fans who encouraged me, despite my lack of resources, to follow my dreams and who also supported me by purchasing and reading my work. I want to thank all of those fans who loved the book but had critical critiques that I then used to help make the book better, and I want to thank all of those fans who after reading the book and know my handicaps, still gave me a 4.0 in stars or above.
When people take the time out of their lives to compliment you, don’t take it for granted. This is coming from experience – not a high horse. Relish in the compliments. Learn from the critiques and grow to be a better person and a better author.
I look back at my first work, at the pain I put Laura Sitterson through by making her read it in its infancy stages, and it brings tears to my eyes, because we ushered in a new sub-genre.
Thank you for this recognition, Goodreads. Thank you to all my fans and to all the writers who followed up with amazing stories of their own.
Latrivia S. Nelson
Interracial Romance Author