I’m always incredibly thankful to readers of my books who leave reviews, but this one of The Fairy Lights really impressed me, as the reviewer totally understood some of the more subtle characterisation of my main character Aisling that I had threaded throughout the story. There are always layers to my plots, and if you’ve read my books you’ll know I like to leave some room for the reader to have their own interpretation of what’s really going on.
If there are any authors out there reading this post, I’m sure you’ll know that reviews are more geared towards other readers rather than directly intended for the author. But don’t you love it when you read a review of your book that really seems to get what your story is actually about? I’m not talking in an ego-flattering sense, but a way that shows how deeply they connected with your story.
Thanks to M.H for this lovely review on Amazon UK. I read every review of my books, and value them all, but I’m really blown away by this one as an amazing literary analysis of my story. Thank you!
Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry.
In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books.
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