Although I read well-known authors, I have made a commitment to read the works of lessor known or independent authors. Many of the self-published books I chose have proven to be very good reads. You can view my list of books for the last three years farther down my blog page.
I recently read D.M. Pulley’s novel, The Buried Book. I was so moved by the storyline that I felt a need to let the author know that her book personally touched me. There were things about the main character, a nine-year-old boy named Jasper, that brought back memories of my own youth. Usually, the chance of reaching a well-known person does not exist. Fortunately, D.M. Pulley maintains a website in which she responds to her contact page. Her reply to me consisted of only three sentences, but her words gave me tremendous satisfaction.
I’m not sure where D.M. Pulley ranks as an author. It appears she has been quite successful since winning the 2014 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award with her book, The Dead Key. So, I would probably say she is an independent author on the verge of breakthrough to celebrity status. Nonetheless, to have personal contact with someone who’s writing moved me, in ways only I can explain, was very rewarding. She sort of gave me closure on aspects of my early life. When a work of fiction does that, you know the author hit the emotional chords she likely intended for the reader.