I don't usually do this but I just received a review for Someone to Love Me and well, quite frankly, it sucked. Now don't get me wrong. I know not every one is going to like it. No two of us have the same opinions. I'm all for honest opinions, I swear. But this is the first time I felt the need to defend my story. Only because the reviewer literally picked the plot apart. It's fiction for crying out loud! And the definition of fiction is: unrealism, invention, creative writing, fantasy, imaginary tale...I, ah, kind of let her have it.
Warning: I sound a little defensive. Below is what she had to say. My comments are in red.
Definition of Fiction - unrealism, invention, creative writing, fantasy, imaginary tale...hummm. I'm sorry you didn't like my story, I totally get that not every one will. And I appreciate your honest opinion. But I did want to respond to a few things you had to say, I've bolded my responses below.
Unlikely event #1 is a weekend pilot who crashes in the Alaskan wilderness survives the crash. People survive horrific plane crashes all the time, remember the Andes? Unlikely event #2 is that she is found by a passing Good Samaritan, uninjured. He's a mountain man and he saw her plane go down, you make it sound like he was out for an afternoon stroll. Unlikely Event #3 is that no search planes are out looking for her, for at least as long as it takes for her to fall in love with said rescuer. Ever heard of love at first sight? And there was an explanation why search and rescue planes might be late in looking for her. Unlikely event #4 is the rescuer possesses a large generator as well as a battery operated radio so he can hear the news and music, but he doesn’t have a SatPhone or some other form of communication device. You mean we don't sell large generators and battery operated radios? And I know more than one person who doesn't have a phone. Unlikely event #5 is that someone who is so much into her family, who is used to being on stage as a singer, will decide after three or four days to toss it all and live in the wilderness. It's fiction...anything can happen.
If you like unlikely event inspired stories then Someone to Love Me is for you. I had trouble believing a lot of it, because I know from experience how unforgiving the terrain and the weather are in these circumstances and how miraculous it is that anyone could survive. Ever heard of miracles? Again, remember the plane crash in the Andes years ago. We all know what they resorted to in order to survive.
However, once you get past the unlikely events, it’s actually a good look at two troubled people who need each other to heal their past devastating hurts. Their back stories are tenderly told, with a care for how the deaths of loved ones can affect different people in different ways. Luke and Charlie need each other to go forward into the world, but we never find out what Luke’s profession is, where his money comes from and if he is amenable to leaving his self-imposed exile to be with the woman he loves. Is knowing that kind of trivial information really important? Charlie appears to have found her way back to life and she forces, cajoles and blackmails Luke into rejoining the land of the living. But is accepting Charlie into his exile the same as rejoining the human race? Not to my mind.
There, I feel better now. And if I went overboard my only excuse is not enough chocolate and syfy today. But I did have a good steak on the grill:)
Maybe I was wrong to state my opinion of her opinion:)