books,  reading,  the writing life

Whose Book is it Anyway?

Recently I was asked how many times I’ve incorporated reader suggestions into my books and how much my readers dictate where my stories go.

To be honest, I can’t give you an exact number of times I’ve incorporated a fan’s suggestion(s). I do it every so often. I did a poll for Inherited Djinn (Djinn & Bourbon #1) and let my readers name the camel (they named him Solomon). Sometimes a reader will say something, I’ll love it, and I stick it in here. But the stories are, ultimately, still mine because I’m the one writing them. Just because I incorporate what readers want into my work doesn’t make the book any less mine. Now, do I let the readers dictate everything that happens to my characters? No, of course not. I have drawn some boundaries there because the stories are still mine. But I see no harm in giving in now and again and giving the fans of my work what they want, within reason.

If you’re a reader, do you like it when writers get reader input for a story and then use that input in crafting the story? If you’re a writer, are you willing to give in to readers on small things or things within reason? Why or why not?

Steph is an award winning and bestselling author of thrilling steamy and paranormal romances, dark urban fantasy, occult horror-thrillers, cozy mysteries, contemporary romance, sword and sorcery fantasy, and books about the esoteric and Daemonolatry. A Daemonolatress and forever a resident of Smelt Isle, she is happily married and cat-mom to three pampered house cats. Her muse is a demanding sadistic Dom who often keeps her up into the wee hours of the morning. You can contact her at

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

What is 5 + 8 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)