The readers have definitely gotten into the story. I’m getting excited myself trying to figure out what is going to happen.
Oh kay, funny phone calls I received…
reader: Oh… um … hi…um… I was … um visiting Sylvia Hubbard’s website and this is the contact number on there…um… I wanted to get the password, because I wanted to read the live story. I didn’t want to wait for the email.
me: do you have something to write with?
reader: oh … yeah… hold on.
( i hear her shuffling things around.)
I’m figuring as she’s looking she decides to talk.
reader: I’m a big fan of hers. I read all her work. I was so excited when I found out that she was working on another live story.
me: really? have you read the first part yet.
reader: YES! ( as if this is obvious) I’m dying for part 2. I think she’s such a good writer and i hope she gets as big as Zane one day. I tell all my friends about her.
I’m wondering if I should let her know i’m sylvia.
me: are you ready to take the password down.
reader: go ahead.
I tell her the password and tell her to verify that she has it.
Once we’ve confirmed it, she asks me offhandedly.
reader: how long have you been working for her? You’re her assistant?
me: Oh no. i’m not her assistant. I’m Sylvia.
There’s dead silence on the phone.
reader: (voice shaking) Sylvia? Sylvia Hubbard?
reader: Oh my gawd.
me: are you okay.
reader: I … oh my gawd… I thought you were… I saw the contact page… oh my gawd.
I’m getting a little verclimp (emotional) with her.
me: I’m not that rich yet. I can’t afford an assistant unless it’s an internship or an author volunteer.
reader: oh my gawd… I read all your books. I love your books. I like them and tell all my friends.
I giggle a little because now I’ve heard her say this except it does sound a little better when she’s actually referring in reverance about me.
I’m really unexperience at taking accolades about my work, so I’m blushing like a raspberry about now.
me: thank you so much and thanks for letting others know. I appreciate that.
reader: i was serious about that Zane comment. you really are good at what you do. I like your stories because they aren’t just drama drama drama. You make me think. I like that.
me: thank you.
reader: Oh my gawd! (this one she exclaims loud)… You just posted while I was on the phone with you.
me: I hit the send button a few minutes ago just when I answered the phone.
reader: Oh my gawd. I was on the phone while you posted.
(as if this is Star Wars 9 being released as we speak and she’s privy to this.)
I was feeling real nice.
reader: I gotta read and catch up. thank you so much. thank you for all you do.
me: thank you for calling.
reader: oh my gawd! I can’t believe i’m talking to you.
me: awww, it’s nothing. I put my pants on one leg at a time just like you, unless i’m sitting down.
(I was trying to be funny, but I think she was still too in awe to really catch it. Thats okay. It was fun)
reader: oh kay, I’m going to go read, okay. I’m so excited. thanks.
I just thought i’d share that with you. that was kinda inspiring and uplifting to know i impacted someone like that.
Another thing I’d like to say to the answers I’ve been asked on the socials and in my inbox:
No, I really honestly don’t know the ending of the story.
Hell, I just realized the twist of the story is. Do you know how hard it is to figure out what the hell is going on and write like you did.?
I mean as I’m figuring out The Mysterious Mr. Black, I’m really writing off the cuff – literally. I’m enjoying myself, but hell, I really have no idea what’s going to happen next.
So you… and you know who you are because we go through this every live story, quit texting me with “and then?” after every post. LOL.
And i might add, stalking is illegal in Michigan too. So no threats of flying here to hunt me down and tie me to the keyboard again. LMAO.
For the new readers, These author notes can be somewhat nerve wreaking. As I reveal the story, I come on and off and let you know my thoughts, my feelings and so forth.
Most times, they are just bits of my life mixed with the story.
Other times, I’m trying to ask you for more… more readers, more comments, more something.
This time, I just want to let everyone one know,thanks for the comments, concerns and all out love of a good suspense novel. KEEP IT UP!!
****spoiler alert****** (don’t read any further if you don’t want to)
I promise not to kill the main characters this time too and yes, we’re going to get to the sex scene soon. It’s just going to be really weird….
7 thoughts on “Author’s Notes on The Mysterious Mr. Black”
Please tell me that Jesse is not a main character so he can die a slow horrible death 😛
And what you mean by weird???? lol
I’m with Dolores – what do you mean by weird???
Well, you’ll just have to wait story spoilers. LOL.
You know I don’t do things by the rules. I have to find a way to get you out of your comfort zone.
Sylvia, I LOVED that exchange between you and that reader. Priceless!
As for the story, you’re doing good with it. Real good. The suspense if GREAT as usual. I’m not even gonna be mad if you kill off a main character…no more.
Because I just looked up what ‘noir’ means this past weekend (needed a better understanding of the genre) and realized that stories like that are meant to be dark, crime filled, full of danger, littered with morally challenged characters, and with no promise of the typical HEA or no HEA at all in some books. I’m just glad you put in an element of romance in your novels, because some noir authors don’t even do that. LOL!!
So keep up the good work!
Sorry for the typos in my earlier post, girl. I was typing too fast again. tee-hee.
that’s okay, but i am enjoying the input. i know you know this, but it makes a big difference in the way the story feels to me.
that fan was so cute.
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