Any time anyone pays special recognition to your work, it is an honor. It rewards the time and effort you put into making that book the best it could be. The same is true whether it is a gold medal or a fan letter. It makes my day when I get a letter from one of my readers saying they cried or laughed out loud as they read one of my books. When a reader cares enough to plunk down good money to buy your book, that’s true recognition.
The grandson, Ethan, is carrying the weight of dealing with some intense adult situations without the benefit of good, adult role models. You drew him in a manner that successfully helps to carry the story. Surely your readers must comment often on your understanding of human temperament in all its many facets and the unexpected as well as serendipitous nature of human interactions.
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