On The Bench

Up close and personal — getting to know you

Cozy mystery fans are often very engaged with the genre. How do you interact with your readers and incorporate their feedback into your writing?
  • Terry Ambrose:

    I may seem like a social media recluse—actually, I am, but I love interacting with fans who contact me through my website or email me after reading one of my newsletters.

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    My Facebook pages are important for interacting with readers as is my newsletter. Sometimes I’ll ask readers a question about my work because I need their input. I also read reviews and value direct feedback from fans who write to me.

  • Debra H. Goldstein:

    As an author, I love interacting with my readers by holding “Ask the Author Anything” evenings where we talk about a specific book and how the readers on the zoom call reacted to it, running giveaways that prompt answers in my newsletter, and simply talking to readers in stores or through emails. If something confuses them, I try to clarify it in the next book.

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    My favorite way to meet readers is at conferences like Bouchercon, Left Coast Crime, and Malice Domestic. My publisher also sponsors COZY CON Events in different areas of the country that are usually held in local libraries or bookstores.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

    Most of my communication post-Covid comes from readers contacting me via my website or else responding to my newsletter. I love hearing from them and enjoy their suggestions as to what should happen next in my series. But please don’t write to yell at me because the Black Cat Bookshop Mystery series was cancelled. I promise, it wasn’t my fault…the publisher made that decision, and I’m still as mad about it as you are!

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    I interact through blogging at Booklover’s Bench and elsewhere, book parties on social media, my contact form on my websites, Facebook and Twitter, and my monthly newsletter. I also do in-person appearances at shops, libraries, and mystery conferences.

  • Lois Winston

    I once received a note from a reader, asking if I’d ever consider bringing back Tino Martinelli from Decoupage Can Be Deadly, the fourth book in the Anastasia Pollack Crafting Mysteries, because she really loved him. I had always considered Tino a one-shot character. However, after receiving the note, I realized he would be a perfect addition to the book I was currently writing. He’s since become a recurring secondary character

Do you like providing feedback to writers so they know how you feel about their work? Let us know!


8 thoughts on “Up close and personal — getting to know you

  1. As a cozy reader, I love to interact with authors – usually via their newsletter from email or on Facebook. I really appreciate being able to ask questions, etc.

  2. this is all fun to read. Yes I love to give feedback. I like to ask question’s and give encouragement, etc. I let the Lord guide me on this. Thanks for what you all do.

  3. I like following authors on Facebook and through their newsletters. I also like attending meeting authors at book signings and other appearances when they are in the area.

    1. Hi Dianne, Thanks for your comment. It is helpful to know how readers like to interact with us! Appreciate you being a follower of our site!

  4. Yes, I like to interact with the authors, especially when they have questions concerning their books and cozy mysteries in general. I also like the author newsletters.

    1. Thanks for taking the time to reply, Helen. We love to hear how readers interact with us. It helps us know where to focus our energies. Thanks for following our site!

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