- I love your books because... Person concerned gives plot or depth of character reasons. It isn't for anything trivial (such as the book cover is my favourite colour etc). Also person concerned can point out passages in the book/story they especially liked. This will always go down well as it proves they did read it!
- Expressing some appreciation for the hard work that goes into writing, perhaps by asking something like how many drafts the author did. This shows awareness that a good story is made that way by (a) getting it down on paper at all and then (b) editing it and editing it and editing it etc etc until every word is vital for the story, the tale flows and there's no padding. It shows awareness of the time taken to produce work.
- Asking after inspirations for our writing. This shows awareness every writer is building on what has gone before and gives the author a chance not just to name names here but to explain why. This can open up good conversations and encourage the enquirer to read further. What every writer wants are readers who read widely. Such readers are more likely to see where the author comes from in their writing.
- Yes - by a publisher!
- Your books are selling really well.... by agent/ publisher.
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.