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Beautiful Reader Mail

This note brought me to tears.  Good tears but tears, nonetheless.  I asked her permission to share (absent her name) and she kindly agreed.  When folks ask me what I hope my books accomplish...I can't really say it any better than this.  

A Conversation with My Kids…About Sex

(And a few other random thoughts.)

Folks have been asking me, ‘What’s life like around the Martin household, where do your ideas come from, are you always serious…?”

Here’s a pretty good window into one of the more humorous mornings at our breakfast table.

My Next Book and Other Stuff

More Monday Mail

This does my heart good.  Wish I had been there:

“Passed it [Where the River Ends] on to my sis who read it at the beach this week—-as she was finishing it (in tears) the guy came to collect the beach chair cushion—-he said “lady are you OK?”—-she said yes she was just finishing a great story and he could take the cushion but she was staying right there on the chair until she finished the story and her cry!!!  He left her alone to “enjoy” the ending.”

Monday’s Mail

Thought this one was fun:

“Charles - normally I contact authors when I finish reading their books, as I did with you after reading When Crickets Cry. But, oh my, I just finished the scene where Doss and Abbie bathed outside the nudist colony and cried/laughed, which is about the equivalent of blubbering, right? This novel is so beautifully painted, as beautiful as I’m sure the portrait of Rosalia.  Now, put this in perspective - I have four children, I bought your book at 4ish today. It is now 9:30ish and I’m on page 136 and still going. I fed my four year old Slim Jims for supper b/c I can open them with my mouth without lifting my eyes from the page. Other than that, I have no idea what the rest of my family has eaten, if anything. I can’t put this book down. It’s breaking my heart while inspiring it to love deeper in spite of the cracks.  I’ll email more when I’m through unless I find another scene like the one-eared, gun-totin swamp mama who loves Abbie. What a hoot, as we say in Demopolis, AL.”

More Mail From the Road

This too…

“Just finished reading “Where the River Ends”  have to tell you ~ LOVED IT! I read the last page three times….just because I wanted it to stay with me…Well Done.”

Mail From the Road

More reader mail.  I sometimes wonder if my books reach the places in people that I hope they do.  Stuff like this helps. 

“It was so nice to meet Charles today in Clayton.  I’ve read all of his books, including his latest, Where the River Ends.  He just consistently writes books with incredible stories, that are hard to put down (I stayed up till 2:30 one night this week because I just had to finish WTRE). More than an appealing story, is a story that speaks to the heart, that causes you to examine your own thoughts, feelings and relationships.  WTRE challenges me to strive to be a wife who loves unselfishly and lavishly, knowing that how and when the end comes is only known by God and I want no regrets.”

Reader E-Mail

Occassionally, I get e-mail that makes my scrap book.  This is one of them. 

“When I realized that one of the main themes in Where the River Ends was CANCER I almost put the book down.  As a survivor (colon-5 years) I thought I’d rather not “go there” again. But I did.  AND IT WAS WORTH IT!  I understand what the disease can do to relationships.  My husband cried all the time from the day of my diagnosis to the day of my surgery.  It changed us both forever.  We love each other more.  I AM BLESSED.  Through my tears I devoured your book and loved it.  Thanks, C.”

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