No really, I’m not kidding.
Something I’ve learned as NOT A DROP TO DRINK makes it way into the world is that my fan base has a very strong adult male contingent. Yes, really. One of the coolest experiences I’ve had so far as an author was to have my own work quoted back to me – and it was male dialogue coming from an adult male, wanting to know how I could write a man so well. And that was one hell of a compliment.
Recently my brother-in-law broke his wrist and was spending his downtime in the local bar / eatery with a group of winterized farmers. Having been laid up for awhile, the b-in-l had decided that he might as well read my book. And oddly enough he read it in two nights and really, really liked it. So he mentioned this at lunch with a group of farmers – none of them under 30 – and over the course of the conversation, each reluctantly shares that they too, had read it… and really liked it. In fact, my b-in-l returned to me with a list of book related questions from the group.
I really can’t tell you how happy this made me.
Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had lots of teen fans and adult women tell me they liked the book as well. But the longest and most in-depth conversations I’ve had about my book have been with adult males. In person, over email, through Twitter and Facebook, adult males are telling me how much they enjoyed reading a YA book with a female main character.
And that is so awesome.