Escapees with a Good Book ;-)

“She’s done it again. Ellen Behrens has created a can’t-put-this-book-down mystery,” writes Marcella Gauthier in her review of Yuma Baby for the Escapees Magazine.

This review means more to me than most because it’s by a fellow RVer for fellow RVers. The Escapee RV club has (so I’ve heard) about 50,000 members all over the country, and I’m happy to be among them. But when Marcella called me “a favorite author of the RVing community,” in her column, I glowed.

Writers are advised to imagine the ideal reader while we’re writing, and it’s helped me. Several readers have told me they feel as though I’m Betty (I’m not, though we’re pretty similar in some ways) and that I’m “talking” just to them (I am). RVers have sent notes and posted reviews saying they appreciate the details of their RVing lives finding a way onto the page, because so few other novels do this, so few other characters in fiction are RVers.

All of this is to say that I’m humbled every time someone sends an e-mail, stops me at an RV park, or writes a review saying they enjoyed reading about Walt and Betty and their Rollin adventures.

It’s easy to lose heart when you spend so much of your energy inside your own head, wondering if anyone will understand the words the come out, much less enjoy them.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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5 Responses to Escapees with a Good Book ;-)

  1. Pingback: Escapees with a Good Book ;-) | e. michael helms

  2. Well, I can’t go so far to say I feel as though “I’m Betty,” but I am enjoying YUMA BABY and hope to have my review out soon. I believe I’m a bit more “Walt” than “Betty,” although you never know what a good session with a psychiatrist might dig up! Hey, if Olympic champion Bruce Jenner can do it, then who’s to say I can’t? (Okay, it’s very late and I’ve had a little more than my allotted allowance of . . .). Anyway, congrats on the great review, and as always, HAPPY TRAILS!
    –Mike

    • Ellen says:

      Thanks so much, Mike! I’m glad (relieved?) you’re identifying with Walt — I was hoping the Rollin RV Mysteries would appeal to male readers because of him. And I’m happy to hear you’re enjoying YB! Thanks for reposting this on your blog šŸ™‚ (Tried to comment there but the comment got an error message…. will try again).

  3. Congratulations on the great review. I haven’t read your new book but I really enjoyed “Pea Body”. Keep up the good work!

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