I heart my (violent) readers

You MUST create characters I admire, or I will leave a nasty review!

News flash!

“When Libby Met the Fairies” is NOT a stock romance.

So no — I’m not sorry Libby isn’t a “strong,” Feminist, heroic character — because that’s not what she is.

She’s a troubled and rather weak woman, yanked about by circumstances out of her control. Yet she manages nonetheless to find a little peace and happiness in her life.

Anyways. Here’s why I’m posting — this TOTALLY cracks me up.

There’s an obvious trend now among readers who are posting negative reviews. They want to physically abuse my poor protag!

“There were several times throughout the book when I wanted to slap the protagonist.”

“I wanted to smack Libby for being such a push over.”

“Have you ever wanted to slap a protagonist silly?”

“I wanted to jump into my Kindle and punch her in the face.”


Guys, you sound like Libby’s evil sister, Gina!

You know what? I LIKE that people have such a strong reaction to my character. I hit a nerve. Good!

Readers are reacting to Libby as if she were a 3D, living person.


Notice as well what readers are saying who have posted positive reviews:

It can be quite difficult to tell a tall tale which keeps a reader turning the page. Kirsten Mortensen does this via her characters – all are believable.

It’s that verisimilitude, that insight into the messiness of relationships, that makes LIBBY such a pleasure.

. . . more realistic depictions of human faults than many romance novels . . .

Notice a pattern?


What do you think? Should authors only create protagonists who are saintly and admirable? Or do you like to read books about people who are suffering from real-life flaws?

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2 Responses to I heart my (violent) readers

  1. Utenzi says:

    I recently felt like that about Amy Finley when I was reading How to Eat a Small Country and she’s a real person. Albeit a whiny and insecure person. But she writes well so what are you going to do?

    I definitely think that you need to have odd quirky characters out there in both literature and real life. Protagonists that are too “good” will quickly pall and see one-dimensional. And if nothing else, your protagonist Libby is making a strong impression on your readers. That should keep them remembering you too.

  2. Kirsten says:

    One would hope. We’ll see. Most people seem to either love the book or hate it.

    I’m inserting an Easter Egg in my WIP for my Libby 1 star reviewers :-)

    Probably too subtle for a future contest but you never know :-)

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