Aug 20 2008
I read today on your author, Victoria Laurie’s, website that you have been in discussions with her about a voice mail message that you have received from a blogger called NovelReads about a statement Ms. Laurie made on her website. I felt that Ms. Laurie’s accusations of this reader being a “psycho” and a “cyber stalker” should not go unchallenged. The timeline of events occurs as follows:
1. In July Ms. Laurie takes exception to a review left at Amazon by a reviewer with the handle Butterscotch.
2. In July Ms. Laurie blogs about this reviewer and says these things in a blog post has since been deleted by can be read here via Google Cache). The blog post, in case you do not care to read it, includes the following comments:
And you should never pick a fight with an author-.well-.because, honey, we know how to get even. ;)
And so, come September-my little “fan” and some of her close friends and family will likely read about a character with a very similar name, (i.e. nearly identical but not enough to get me sued) depicted in one of the most comical and fabulously scandalous scenes within Death Perception. And trust me-this isn’t a scene which in any way flatters that character. :) (Also trust me-.you’ll know it when you read it!)
In other words, if in a year you should pick up a copy of Doom With A View and read about a certain transvestite prostitute with a piss poor attitude and a bad case of V.D., who just happens to go by the name of an ice cream topping-.well, you and I and about 60,000 of our closest friends and family will know exactly where that inspiration came from. ;)
my editor thinks this concept of mine is hilarious and she’s going to suggest the idea to her other authors who are fed up with being targets for the mentally deranged.
3. I blog about this and Novelreads (and many other readers) i disturbed by Ms. Laurie’s conduct as well as the idea that an editor of a major publishing house approves of this type of action and that the editor is going to suggest to other authors to do the same.
4. Novelreads then leaves a voicemail message expressing her disappointment.
5. Ms. Laurie then gets a call from her editor (which I presume to be you) expressing concern over Ms. Laurie’s safety and suggesting that she contact a lawyer. Apparently she does so.
6. Tuesday, Novelreads receives a letter via email from a lawyer purporting to represent Ms. Laurie asserting that Novelreads is violating Ms. Laurie’s copyright rights to her blog posts and that Novelreads is inappropriately interfering with a contractual relationship with yourself.
7. Ms. Laurie has blogged again with the following:
ANYhoo, to catch you all up, last week I got a very upsetting phone call from my editor who was really creeped out. She said that some crazy woman had called the voice mail of another editor in her department. The caller clearly thought that editor was my editor and had demanded to be called back saying she was “deeply disturbed” (mental diagnosis or state of mind?) about a blog that I’d written and she demanded a comment from my editor.
She also said the woman didn’t leave her name, but left a blog address, http://novelreads.blogspot.com/ and told me to go look at it and probably look into retaining an attorney. Now, the blog that she posted didn’t bother me much, she seems to be a woman who just wants to be noticed – and isn’t getting much attention, (and I know from previous posts that she “dreams of being a writer someday,” hmmm, envious much?)
I can’t imagine that you asserted a reader was psychotic or a cyberstalker and I also thought that you should be in command of all the facts before making up your mind about NovelReads who was merely expressing her thoughts as a reader and blogger about an author’s actions which appear out of the bounds of decency to many.
No response is necessary.