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Thu, Mar 16, 2017 — 53 comments
Got this in today's mail:
"I just started Wrapped in Rain and I was quite taken by the story particularly the mental health aspect since that has been part of my career. You seem to be a moderately interesting writer but then I began to suspect something else and went back to the cover where you are listed as a "Christian" writer. End of story. Tossed the book in the bin. Problem is, you seem to have a lot of storytelling talent but when you start in with the Xtian crap, you lose most of your more educated, and open minded readers. Why don't you try one novel without such nonsense and I'll bet you'll get more popular among a general crowd rather than the narrow-minded Jesus folk. If you are satisfied with your limited audience, well there you are."
Wed, Mar 27, 2013 — 7 comments
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.
Tue, May 31, 2011 — 9 comments
(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.
Tue, May 24, 2011 — 50 comments
Mon, Jul 28, 2008 — 15 comments
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.”
Mon, Jul 28, 2008 — 1 comments
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.”
Sun, Jul 27, 2008 — 0 comments
“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.”
Sun, Jul 27, 2008 — 4 comments
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.”
Tue, Jul 22, 2008 — 6 comments
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.”