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Guest blogging: Charlene Teglia

24 February 2010

Readers, the distant collaborators

Hello, Australian Romance Readers! I’m thrilled that Claimed by the Wolf is a 2009 finalist for Favorite Erotic Romance, especially since I share the honor with some of my favorite authors in the genre. Thank you very much for that, and for inviting me to guest blog.

When I sat down to write this post, I wasn’t sure what to say. I suppose I should talk about the book, but really I want to talk about you, the readers.

Claimed by the WolfI think sometimes it starts to sound a little glib when authors say “it’s moments like these that make it all worthwhile”, but really, I’m not sure it’s possible to express how true that is and how much it means to an author when a reader names them as a favorite.

Every time I get an email from a reader who loved a book and wanted to tell me, it makes my day. An honor like this, which tells me I made a lot of readers happy, has that effect magnified.

Lois McMaster Bujold wrote a wonderful essay about how a book is a kind of collaboration between the author and the readers; a book is not complete until it finds an audience who imagines the story along with the author’s words. Each reader who does that builds the story in their head, in a unique and personal way. No two readers will picture the hero of the story in exactly the same way. No two will pick up on exactly the same things. In a very real sense those of you who read and loved Claimed by the Wolf created your own experience, and I thank you for that, and for giving these characters and this world life beyond the existence they had in my head and on the page.

I’m happier than I can say that Claimed by the Wolf found an audience willing to imagine the story along with me from a distance. You invested your money in purchasing the book, your time in reading it, your energy and imagination in making the story come alive as you read. Thank you. The ARRA finalist status is truly the icing on the cake, but it is delicious.

12 Comments
  1. charleneteglia permalink
    26 February 2010 12:53 am

    Sarah, what strikes me now that I’m an adult and an author myself is what a good job she did making Meg sound like a real whiny insecure teenager. She nailed the emotional reality with all the flaws that came with it. Meg is a great character because of those flaws. I like that L’Engle wasn’t afraid to show that the same people are capable of being unlikeable and selfish and scared and also incredibly generous and brave and loving.

  2. Sarah permalink
    25 February 2010 9:47 pm

    I have that one too from many years ago.

  3. charleneteglia permalink
    25 February 2010 2:23 am

    Sarah, I love that, too. I have so many books I read over and over and over, some that I’ve been revisiting since childhood like Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle In Time, and different things will stand out to me.

  4. charleneteglia permalink
    25 February 2010 2:22 am

    Thanks, RC.

  5. charleneteglia permalink
    25 February 2010 2:22 am

    NJ, thanks, and your early feedback on it was incredibly helpful. : )

  6. charleneteglia permalink
    25 February 2010 2:21 am

    Thank you, Rosalie! Yes, it was a challenge to make every scene unique, but I think that comes own to character. Different characters are different with different partners, different situations. There’s a lot of nuance to explore.

  7. charleneteglia permalink
    25 February 2010 2:20 am

    Helen, thanks! Since you’re new to reading the genre, you have lots of great books ahead. Some of my favorite authors include Lauren Dane, Jaci Burton, Maya Banks, Lorelei James, Lora Leigh and Angela Knight.

  8. Sarah permalink
    24 February 2010 11:14 pm

    Hi Charlene,

    Congratulations on the nomination.

    I love your description of the reader’s experience as I think you’re spot on. I think we all pick up on different elements in the story that resonate with us. And I love how you can come back to a book at a later date and find something new in it.

    Good luck.

    Cheers,
    Sarah

  9. 24 February 2010 11:03 pm

    Congrats, Charlene!

  10. 24 February 2010 10:08 pm

    Congrats on your nomination, Charlene. I love this book!

  11. Rosalie permalink
    24 February 2010 9:20 pm

    Hi Charlene
    I loved this book. Loved the whole experience. I was really impressed at how you made the whole concept work so well. How you made each erotic experience different was quite amazing. I didn’t envy you this challenge, but I certainly envied the imagination that made it work. 🙂
    I finished it far too soon, and then had to head over to your site to start checking out, and then making lists of your other books. It’s embarassing admitting that, but at the same time, I’m lucky in having a whole list of books to gradually work my way through. Thanks for calling in here and that last paragraph very much sums up my reading experience.
    From a very enthusastic fan, eagerly looking forward to more of this series.

  12. Helen permalink
    24 February 2010 8:32 pm

    Huge congrats on the nomination Charlene.

    I have yet not read a lot of erotic romance books but the couple I have read I have really loved I have added your one to my must have list and look forward to reading it. I totally agree with what you are saying that each reader will see a different picture in their mind as they read books

    Good luck

    Have Fun
    Helen

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