Sunday, November 23, 2014

You're Accusing Me of What?

by Leann

I don't pay much attention to negative Amazon reviews anymore. People often have a bone to pick and I accept that as part of the business of writing books that might not appeal to everyone. And we all have different taste and may read a book and love it when someone else might hate it. But the most recent 2 star review really took me by surprise.

In a perfect world, we wouldn't have to identify the race of our characters. They would just be people and that's that. But when you write a series set in the deep South, where racism is still going strong in some places, I wanted to show that my little fictional world is all inclusive. And if I didn't mention that some characters were black or Asian or Muslim or Hispanic, most readers would assume they are Caucasian. That's just how it goes.

But I have been taken to task by a reader because I identified the ethnicity of certain characters--in a book that has a subplot about how racism was hardly spoken of less than half a century ago in many small towns and that this racism caused great damage to certain characters in the book I wrote. In short, this "reviewer" basically implied I was a racist. This hurts. I am nothing of the kind. I had a huge epiphany when I took a graduate sociologist class called Minorities in America way back when. It changed my world view. So, in my attempt to show that my fictional creation is all inclusive, I was pretty much accused of being racist. (And, guess what? Many books are racist by their lack of inclusion of minorities.) I guess I just can't win.

And by the way, in her "review," I was accused of "racial profiling." According to the ACLU, the definition of racial profiling is this: "Racial Profiling" refers to the discriminatory practice by law enforcement officials of targeting individuals for suspicion of crime based on the individual's race, ethnicity, religion or national origin. First of all, I am not law enforcement by any means and second of all, I would never, ever do such a thing. And yet, not only is my work being criticized, so is my character.

Let me say, however, that I support the right of any reader to criticize as they see fit. I just wonder if that person knows that after I read that particular review, I cried. But, I doubt they will understand because they have no idea who I am or what I stand for. It was a very sad day for me.

95 comments:

Lindsay W said...

So I was just about to sit down and enjoy some nice post bed quiet time with a pasta salad and my kiddos leftover goldfish crackers, thinking hey I will just pop over to cozy chicks and see whats the what. And what do I find? Nothing cheery, nothing relaxing. No something that fills me full of righteous anger and sets my fingers just a tapping.

Sometimes guys I don't know why you do it (authors I mean) Id imagine the money isn't that great as most of you have 2 jobs, and you get to deal with this kind of petty ill informed shaming. There has been a lot of author hate lately. Nora Roberts taking heat because she refuses to tow the line of what a few fans want. Yeah jeez don't let the incredibly successful amazing author write what she wants. Its not like they are her stories. (Hey Picasso "THIS" is how you hold a paint brush) And now you. I am so sorry that you had to read this, even sorrier that you had to write this and feel the need to explain yourself. Because you don't. There is nothing defamatory in your book, there is nothing wrong with your writing and furthermore the story was just fine. Great in fact.

Lets see shall we I am fairly certain that you write and read the book, send it out for editing, to your publisher, have some friends look it over and finally have the big old company you submit your work to say yup this looks good, lets put a nice shiny cover on it and send it out the door. Would that happen if it was full of racial profiling or racism? Nope! A huge publishing company would be like wait stop the truck... you want to write what?

The internet has made it acceptable for people to write out whatever random thought crawls through their brains. And sometimes its good and it helps people other times its hurtful and mean and completely unnecessary. She is allowed to say what ever she wants, just like me and you and everyone else. However that doesn't mean that I have to agree with someone being attacked in a way that gives no opportunity for rebuttal or explanation. Especially when it is an ill informed review anyway.

If we were friends I would come over give you a big hug and a hot cup of joe and we would talk and laugh and help you forget this.

Georgette Tarnrow said...

So sorry this happened to you and saddened to think that novice writers may decide not to write for publication for fear of something similar happening to them.

Grandma Cootie said...

You're right, sometimes you just can't win. Whatever happened to "if you can't say something nice . . ." or making sure your criticisms actually make sense in the context of what you are complaining about. Too many people just pick a word or phrase and don't bother to look into what you were trying to say or do. I know you can't ignore them, being attacked like that hurts, but know that most of us appreciate all your hard work and thoughtfulness and diligence to be accurate in your books that we love.

Anonymous said...

Well, I for one thought you did a beautiful job of explaining why the characters acted the way they did. I wonder if this woman even read the book! Please don't let it keep you from writing what and how you want.

On a lighter note, are you ever going to bring back the Yellow Rose books? I really liked them. Cordella

Lynda Turpin said...

Sometimes I will read through other reviews when I go out to write one, and there are times I have too scratch my head and try to figure out where the heck they are coming from. These are wonderfully written books, and I can't even figure out how that woman could have come up with her criticisms. Did she even read the same book that I did?

I have certain rules when I'm writing a review, and the first rule is that if I didn't care for a book and don't feel I could give it a 4 or 5 star rating, I just don't write a review. My take is that, just because I didn't care for it doesn't mean it's bad. Although, to clarify...just because I didn't write a review doesn't necessarily mean I didn't like it - I just may not have had time to do a review.

I just don't understand why people feel the need to write a hateful review. I guess there are just a lot of unhappy people out there. But rest assured that one bad egg does not represent your reader base. Your Cats in Trouble books are my favorite series ever, as evidenced by the fact that I have all of them in both Kindle and Audible - plus several in paperback, even though I can't read them.

They're awesome, you're awesome, and the reviewer is a nit-wit.

Gram said...

What they said :-)

Anonymous said...

Unfortunatly, I can believe it. When my BBF was lambasted in the newspapers, the "comments" were not about the actual situation, but the picture and how "ugly" she was.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much, Lindsay. Your intelligent, caring and thoughtful words are just what I needed.

Leann Sweeney said...

I was blissfully ignorant that people would attack my character over a lack of understanding of what I would write or why. I have another battle scar and it's all grist for the mill! I will use what I have felt by this senseless "review" and be a better writer for it.

Leann Sweeney said...

Grandma Cootie, you're so sweet. And you are model for "if you can't say something nice." I am so glad there are people like you in the world.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Cordella. It will only make me a better writer in the end. I now know what it feels like to be wrongfully accused from my actual experience. As soon as my health improves I sure hope to write another Abby and Kate book. I miss them SO much! Thanks for reading my stuff. It is so appreciated, you have no idea!

mary kennedy said...

Leann, I am so sorry this happened to you. The whole thing is ridiculous and it's upsetting to think someone would attack you this way. You are one of the kindest, most generous people I know, and everyone in the writing community--both authors and readers--love you. Please don't let this one really rotten review get to you. Hugs...

Leann Sweeney said...

Lynda, you are such an amazing supporter and I cannot thank you enough. As I've said before, we are sisters from another mother. Love you!!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Gram!

Leann Sweeney said...

The media can be cruel and judgmental. I am so sorry that happenend. :-(

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Mary. You are such a sweetheart. I thought I'd had all kinds of bad "reviews" hurled my way but this one really cut. But it's all grist for the mill!

Sherry in Carrollton, TX said...

Please don't let that idiot get you down. Your books are great and the characters are wonderful. I agree with everything said in the other posts. Chin up and keep writing!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Sherry. It's folks like you that keep me writing. :-)

JoAnne Kamman said...

I am so sorry that happened, and hope you are able to just let it roll off like water off a duck's back! In my opinion, the people who complain the most about "racism" are the true racists, because they assume that anyone who isn't of color is a racist, which couldn't be further from the truth. It's really very sad.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks JoAnne. It is a mystery to me why people think they judge another person's character without knowing them. And you're right. It's very sad.

Anonymous said...

I agree with other posts...sometimes you just can't win. There are people who will find fault with anything. Don't let one person get you down. There are lots of us who happen to LOVE YOU! As is said, "The more people I meet, the more I like my dog!" (In my case, the more I like my dogs & cats!)

Dru said...

Sometimes I just don't understand people's need to hurt one another. Please don't let those reviewers who have nothing to say diminish what you've accomplished and that is a wonderfully crafted story that invites me into their lives whenever I read one of your stories.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Patricia! And I believe you're right about the cat and dog thing!! LOL!

Ghetty Revlett said...

I am so sorry this happened to you. Some people like to stir the pot, and you happened to be picked. Your readers know you and your books are nothing like the review. We love and support you. :)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dru. Your unwavering support and care mean the world to me.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Ghetty. It's folks like you that make this much easier to handle. xoxo

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Oh boy, that's brutal, Leann! These little people use a thoughtless and cruel review to exercise power that they don't have. I think some of them do love inflicting some pain while they're at it. We all know that you are a kind, decent and thinking person as well as a very entertaining writer. Sorry this happened. Big hugs.

MJ/VA

Erlyne said...

You are courageous, forthright, and very honest in today's blog post. I admire your willingness to let us "see" your pain. I hope that the person at the root of this takes the time to reflect on his/her own words and grows from this experience.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks MJ. I hesitated to complain because stuff like this happens to writers. This one, however, attacked my character. But with all this support, I will move on. xoxo

Renae Parker said...

Hmmm. I wonder if we read the same book. I read the book, understood the back story, and thought it added to the story line. It was presented in a way that did not scream resentment but a sad reality for two people that cared about each other.

Don't let this negative review even be a bump on your horizon. Don't let it influence anything you write in the future. I have read all the Cats in Trouble books and they always make me smile. Don't change anything to suit one reader because you have lots and lots of us that eagerly await the next one!

As readers we often don't get the opportunity to speak directly to an author and I think we forgot to let them know how much we appreciate their work. So for this one reader, if you take the time to write them, I am waiting to read them.

Looking forward to the next one - soon right....

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Erlyne. It's kind people like you who make this writing biz worth it. I am an open book and maybe too sensitive. I guess that's why I write! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Renae. I am so thankful for kind smart readers like you. I guess this kind of stuff the "'reviewer" wrote goes with the job, but I am a little naive. There is always something running through a story between the lines and to be accused of being the exact opposite of who I am really took me off guard. The next one is written and I have a new contract for more! So thanks again!

Unknown said...

Leann,
You know what is in your heart. Do not let a little negativity get you down. Be true to yourself!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much and you are absolutely right!

Mia said...

You know Leann, there will always be people who refuse to be inconvenienced enough to gain the ability to see the forest around all those trees. Your loyal readers and friends know better than to label you that way. Sounds like this one person was looking for a bone to pick. She probably sees discrimination everywhere she goes too. How sad for her!
Just don't take those words to heart because they do not apply to you. Her opinion says far more about her than it will ever say about you anyway. That's why I say 'your opinion of me is none of my business' because it isn't about me in the first place. I don't know who said that first, but I do agree with the sentiment of it.
Who knows maybe that reviewer will someday 'get it' and realize just how wrong she was. There's always hope for a better future, right?

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Mia. I love that quote and it is so true about others opinions being none of my business. I wish I could tell that reviewer not to believe everything s/he thinks! I like that one, too. You are so right and I am so grateful for thoughtful, smart readers like you. :-)

Dawn Frazier said...

Oh Leann I am so sorry. You know there are always people who will complain about something . I however, adore your books. :-)

Carol B said...

Leann, I have to agree with the other commenters, several of whom have said it all better than I can. I've said it before, I never read reviews, and this is one of the two main reasons. People can be so cruel, and there are so many these days who take the easy way out to spread their cruelty via the internet. Anyone who ever reads fiction needs to know and understand that sometimes controversial or otherwise difficult topics will be necessary to get at the true point of the book. That doesn't mean the author feels that way--quite often, most of the time as far as I can remember from such that I have read, the author has to bring out those points in order to make a statement against an undesirable situation. If what I just said makes any sense; I hope it does! I usually can explain what I'm thinking quite well in writing, but sometimes the right words don't come out! Anyway, even though I am currently behind in reading your books, I will NOT stop doing so, and you just keep on writing and writing! I'll keep on reading and reading! (And I'm going to catch up on your books very soon!) I don't know just when or how or why I developed a hard shell toward criticism and "attacks" from others, but even though I know it probably makes me appear hard-hearted and uncaring to some people, it is much easier to deal with cruel remarks. I feel whole-heartedly for my friends who don't have that shell. Please know that you are loved and respected by many, many of us who appreciate what you do.

Annette N said...

Shoot fire Leann, you know there are people who would complain and find fault with all sort of things and people and situations. I agree with what has been said by other readers. You know who you are and what is in your heart. I believe that explaining the past is like laying a foundation when building a house. You are providing what is needed to hold things together. I believe you must just keep on doing what you do and staying true to who you are.

Jeanine Elizalde said...

That is one troll's opinion. Anything for attention, anything to cause distress so they can sit back and enjoy the pain they caused. Ignore it. Take away the power to hurt you. Move on and don't look back, ficus on the positive fans you have.

Anonymous said...

I HAVE ENJOYED ALL OF YOUR BOOKS. SO SORRY THERE ARE READERS OUT THERE WHO JUST LOVE TO COMPLAIN. I TOTALLY AGREE WITH MARY JANE MAFFINI. LOOKING TO YOUR NEXT BOOK.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Dawn. You have always been there and I am grateful. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you my wise, wise friend. I can only be who I am. I knew my fiction would be fair game, but I never imagined my character would be challenged.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so so much Jeanine. I do need to reclaim my power and I know how kind and wonderful almost all my readers are. I need to focuse on the 82 five star reviews rather than her ignorance. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much. The next one is done and now I am thinking about a story for the one that will come after. You are a good friend. :-)

mcjames said...

I am so sorry that those uninformed and ignorant souls feel the need to share their hate with others. Please don't let it deflect you from your path, you were meant to tell wonderful stories.

Carol B said...

Looking forward to those next ones!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you Carol. You have always been there and catch up at your own pace. There are more books coming! :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you so very much. The support from you and everyone else means the world to me.

Cheryl said...

You must not allow people like that to affect you or your writing. They have an agenda and will advance it even if it means speading hurtful lies. Your readers understand and love you

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks. This support is so amazing. I am very touched.

Tammie said...

I love that we readers can come to Cozy Chicks and interact with some of our favorite authors. Leeann, add me to the chorus of your readers/friends/supporters who know without a doubt that you are a kind, generous, and talented person and author. Character assassination is the tool of trolls made bold by the anonymity of the internet. Be comforted by your many supporters, and don't change for anyone. I can't wait for the next Cats in Trouble installment!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Tammie. You are a wise and kind person--and so are most of my readers. You took time to support me and that means so much.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm so sorry that person said things to hurt you. Try not to let it get you down. It is a small person to say the things they did. Some people just delight in upsetting nice people and they look for things to pick on. I was taught to keep my mouth shut if I couldn't say anything nice. Smile, we love you and God does too.

Anonymous said...

Don't be upset...they probably did not even read the book. There are enough reviews that even an idiot could determine if the book was of interest. Over the past week or so, there have been an inordinate amount of nasty communications with more than a few authors...see Tara Sivec's in particular. I firmly believe that these TROLLS yes troll's goals are to upset & interfere with the author's creative flow. It is hard to concentrate on your muse when you second guess yourself. It would be a terribly boring world if we were all the same. I read any author whose blurb or review sparks something for me. Color is not an issue, as it is not an issue for many. If that person thought more books of a certain racial profile are needed, no one is stopping them from writing them. Different cities, different towns all have different ethnic make up. But as I said THIS IS NOT A VALID CRITIC.... THIS IS A TROLL!

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Rebecca Prazak said...

So sorry this has happened to you. There are people out who aren't happy unless others are as miserable as they are. I just read a post from Joyce Lavene indicating the same thing happened to her today. You're a great lady and author and don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

Nerissa said...

Leann, if this 'review' was about your latest book, let me tell you somethin'. I read that book, cover to cover, and there isn't an ounce of racism in it.

Identifyin' the colour of someone's skin isn't bein' racist. Makin' judgements BECAUSE of the colour of their skin is bein' racist. You didn't do that, at all.

What you did was write a wonderful book, filled with rich and varied characters and a really good mystery, too. You wrote a great book, my friend. Don't let anyone - and I mean ANYONE - tell you otherwise. Okay?

Purrs,
Nissy

Mama Cat said...

Leann, I'm sorry this happened to you, also!! I for one enjoy your books, and I think it is almost a given that any story written in our 'melting pot' would include people who are not Caucasian. Funny, I write a lot of reviews, but I don't read nearly as many - and if I find one that is negative while most of the rest are exemplary, I put the weird one out of site and out of mind...don't let one opinion ruin your creativity! Bring 'em on - we all came from somewhere! =) Blessed Thanksgiving! You go, girl!!

Linda Langford said...

I'm so sorry this happened to you, Leann. Cozy readers love your books!! Never lose your sparkle!!

Tricia said...

Yes, this is definitely an upsetting comment and I'm glad that you've addressed it since that also allows people to respond positively to you and your feelings. When you stand out "there" for all the world to see, it must be difficult. You're attitude with reviews that are lower than you had hoped, only makes you stronger and allows you to write even better stories. However, those readers who insist on finding fault to "political" nuances in a book, in this case race, are just out there to stir the pot. These people will always be looking for something to make it look like they're correct and everyone else is wrong. I hesitate to listen to these types of people and see their comments as nothing more than worthless. Your readers are smart people and staunchly support what you write and think. Even though this issue has already hurt you, put it aside and listen instead to all of the good reviews and comments you have going for you. These are the fans who you write for and support. Yeah for us!

Kendra said...

Leann: Don't let the turkeys get you down. And there are plenty who troll the Internet, looking to do just that. You are a kind-hearted writer who gives us great characters to enjoy. I daresay this reviewer would probably not enjoy reading scripts in Hollywood where characters are usually a certain profile because it is required for the story.

You know how cats like to cover up after themselves during a trip to the litter box? Do the same to this "review." And shake the dust off your feet and move on. The readers who recognize your talent and appreciate it are waiting for the next installment! (Phoebe the Corgi is too! Even though you write about cats.) ; )

Babs BookBistro said...

Leann I apologize this has happened. I cringe going to Amazon. I still post my reviews then a hold my breath to see if another reviewer is going to bash me. It gets crazy over there. It won't stop me from reading great cozy authors like yourselves here.

Brian Eby said...

Those with no talent of their own have to attack others in order to feel 'big'.
I've been meaning to buy some of your work, but the public library has been pretty well stocked.
I think I'll invite Birdie and Theo to come 'live' with me just to spite that cretin... well and to support you, you deserve it for bringing me enjoyment!

Historical Reminiscing with Marilyn said...

I have read some crazy reviews on Amazon lately. J.K.Rowling really took a lot of them over her mystery. They were so hate filled and strange when you consider that one reviewer only read to Chapter one. I think Lindsay summed up my feelings too...Marilyn

Sara Studebaker said...

I just posted a reply (yes, I was respectful...lol).

To me her first sentence spoke volumes: "I have read many mysteries but this is my first by LeAnn Sweeney". Had she read the other books in the series perhaps she would have realized how integral the African-American description in particular was to the story. Perhaps she doesn't know her US History and has no clue about how "white" many places still are in this country. She's from LA and apparently needs to travel a bit.

Excuse my French, but don't let the Bastards (or in this case, Bitch) get you down!

Anonymous said...

The word racism is being used to much these days I read your books and there is nothing racist about them. I hope you do not let these kind of people get you down. Love your books.

Lisa Teaney said...

I agree, sorry you have to go thru this! I'd be in line to offer hugs and a cup of tea or coffee or beer if you wanted! :)

Leann Sweeney said...

thanks so much. Amazon will not take down reviews like this one, even though the "reviewer" disparaged the author's character. That is so wrong.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you so much Diane. You are such a kind person and your words mean so much.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much. I agree that this person probably has issues that made her do this and I feel very sorry for her. She didn't like the book and that's fine, but she knows nothing about me and that was her attack. Yes. Troll.

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Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you so much Becky. It means so much to have support and understanding.

Leann Sweeney said...

Nissy thank you so much. It has been a very tough week but fur friends like you make it easier to get through the rough patches.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you so much Mama Cat. It's folks like you that make things easier to bear. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Linda. It has been a rough week on many fronts so your words are healing. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you so much Tricia. What a wise and kind person you are. I am so fortunate to have folks like you to lift me when I am down. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Kendra what a great cat analogy. Why is it that the mean things people say are the things that stick? I need to be more grateful for all the kind words I received about this book. THANK YOU!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Babs. I wish there was more control over what people can say. Attacking a writer's character when in fact that writer is a complete stranger makes no sense and has no place in a review. Amazon can be like the wild West--and I'll probably get in trouble for that, too.

Leann Sweeney said...

Birdie is one of my favorite characters ever. Thanks SO much Brian. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Sara. You hit the nail on the head. I moved to SC from Houston and was surprised at anger and resentment of many blacks here. They are discriminated against to this day and I wanted to make my characters human while revealing in this book and others before what they have endured and what damage it causes. You are a smart woman and I am so thankful I have gotten to know you a little through facebook. :-)

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you so much. I think most people who have commented on this blog have really understood the issue and most of them have read the entire book-which I do not believe this particular person did. :-)

anneL said...

Ma too, I can't believe someone would write such a comment. I hope you have a better day reading all of these comments that support you!!!

anneL said...

oops, that was meant to be me! wanted it to get out too fast.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thank you Lisa!! I could use a stiff whiskey but unfortunately alcohol and my medication don't mix! SO, tea it is my friend and thanks again!!

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks Anne. The support has been amazing--especially since late last night I lost my beloved kitty Marlowe. Sometimes the universe reminds you what's important and that woman's opinion means nothing today.

Grandma Cootie said...

Oh, so sorry about Marlowe. Our beloved pets always behave as humans SHOULD always behave. Hugs to you.

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much. He was a sick cat from day one but I loved him with all my heart. And you are right about animals knowing more than humans. They love without conditions. :-)

KerryM125 said...

I'm so sorry about your dear pal Marlowe. I know it hurts to lose a beloved pet. As far as the mean book review, I'm sorry for that also. I swear some people get out of bed every morning with a hateful agenda that people like you and I would never understand. There is something wrong when someone feels the need to attack an author and throw accusations around. You're definitely damned if you do and damned if you don't, when you try to be inclusive, it would seem. Please don't let that nasty person get under your skin. Your fans don't feel that way, clearly. I think when something is stated so meanly that it speaks more about them..you know? As my mom says, "They're more to be pitied." Again, so sorry about Marlowe. Kerry Munroe Callahan

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Kerry. Your mom is exactly right and after losing my Marlowe that "reviewer's" words seem so insignificant.

Linda Rima said...

So sorry about Marlowe. Actually, that woman's opinion means nothing any day not just today. Leann, you know who you are and that review, really? An attack on a writer is not a review! Be the duck, let it roll off your back.
{hugs}

Leann Sweeney said...

Thanks so much Linda. And I will be the duck, maybe from now on. After staying with a beloved cat until he took his dying breath, stuff like that is just ridiculous and like someone else said--their opinion of me is none of my business! :-)

Aurian said...

I am very sorry this happened to you in a review Leann. Let me tell you, it has happened to me as a reviewer on Amazon as well, I have been attacked a few times there for writing "the wrong kind" of reviews. Too long, too gushing, etcetera. It is not a good feeling, I was totally flabbergasted the first time it happened. And as a reviewer, you can't do anything against the comments on your post either. I haven't posted any reviews other than on my blog for a few months now. Not sure if I will return to Goodreads or Amazon because of all the crazies there.

I am sorry for your loss of Marlowe Leann, I know how much you cared for him from day one, and how much you loved him. I hope your other cat can help you with the grief.

Kaye Killgore said...

Leann, I'm so sorry this happened to you. Admittedly, I haven't read the reviews for the Eragon Series, but he very lear about identifying color of skin, hair, etc. in the human characters, not to mention the non-human characters. A lot of fantasy writers do that. To accuse you of racial profiling is just ridiculous, unless you have a secret life as a law enforcement officer. Furthermore, to slam you for creating characters and describing them as, white, black, etc. shows that they totally don't get fiction. It's your creation, you should be allowed to create whatever characters you want.

Hugs

Kaye Killgore said...

I forgot to say I am that you lost your Marlowe. Prayers and hugs