I’m really sad that I’m being forced to address this in a blog post but as some of you already know, of late, someone who really, really doesn’t enjoy my books has been attempting to get a rise out of me by leaving very aggressive comments on this site. Until now, I’ve always said that I wouldn’t delete criticism when it finds me – I mean, I’m an author sat in a room looking at a laptop. If I don’t read criticism, how else will I know how I’m doing? As an editor and a writer, I abhor censorship and always look to find constructive ways to improve my work.
However, there are times when criticism becomes abuse. That happens when the attacks become aggressive, personal and written with the sole ntention of trying to upset the intended target. That isn’t criticism, it’s bullying. Unfortunately for this person (who is obviously hiding behind an anonymous email account) I’ve dealt with bigger bullies before and lived to tell the tale. Now, I love Twitter. I love Facebook. I love this website. It means so much to me that I’m able to have an open dialogue with so many people and I’ve always felt comfortable being entirely honest with you but apparently, for every eight thousand awesome Twitter followers, I’m going to get one person who has too much time on their hands and gets a kick out of trying to make me feel bad. For these reasons, I’ve deleted the comments. I didn’t tolerate bullies when I was thirteen, I don’t tolerate them now.
At the end of the day, I write romantic comedies. I’m pretty sure they haven’t ever pretended to be anything else and so, it makes me quite sad that someone would go out of their way to try to upset someone else by insulting something that was written exclusively to make people happy.