It’s finally my turn to wrap up this month (plus) long blog crawl. It’s been incredible so far with so many wonderful authors highlighted and if you’ve been anything like me your wallet may not have appreciated this so much. If you’ve missed any letters, I’ll be doing a wrap up tomorrow or you can go backwards from me to Marie Sexton and so on!
I waffled over whom to write to, there are so many deserving authors. So many books that touched me or slid permanently onto the keeper shelf, it’s so hard to choose. In the end it was surprisingly easy as I looked over to my “new” keeper shelf and one author leapt out numerous times.
Dear Ginn Hale,
During this blog crawl a lot of exceedingly productive and talented authors have been highlighted. These authors have dozens, if not hundreds of books to their name. While there’s no question your talent ranks among these featured authors – and in my humble, obviously biased opinion exceeds them of course – the number of books doesn’t always compare. I recently lent your books to a friend of mine who said “but I want more!” Your backlist may seem small compared to some authors but the quality is unsurpassed. I willingly and patiently (kind of) wait for your next book or story or series, knowing it’ll be fabulous. You haven’t let me down yet and knowing that the quality of your stories is so high helps curb my impatience for more(!).
When I read the White Hell books earlier, they instantly became my favorite books of the year. The character depth and rich world are so lush and simply incredible. This level of imagination and detail is present in all of your works. There is nothing quick or shoddy about your work but instead it’s carefully tended and the results are stunning. The intricate plots and complicated characters definitely draw me into the stories but it’s really your creativity that keeps me there. No matter what I’m reading you’ve managed to build an entirely new and fascinating world. It’s never easy and never simple, instead it’s messy and flawed and meaty (kind of like your great men).
In many ways I’m a typical reader. I want the guys to have hot sex all over the place while being deliriously almost medically-induced happy without too many problems, though a little (or a lot) of angst can make the ending that much sweeter. Yet at the same time I’m fickle, capricious, and prone to whims like all readers. What impresses me the most about your writing and your stories is your bravery in the face of fickle, changing readers. It feels as though you never let expectations or reader wants drive you. Your stories are bold, intricate, complicated, innovated, and strong. You don’t try to coax readers to love your work, but instead those that do, do so with a passion.
Your stories step out of the known safe areas and fling themselves time and again off the cliff into uncertainly. Expected actions rarely occur and it’s nearly impossible to predict the various twists, turns, machinations and manipulations that will happen in any of your stories. I thrive off this feeling of uncertainly and danger in your stories. I can trust that you won’t go too far but if you do, there’s a good reason. It’s so easy to lose trust in a favorite author and thankfully I’ve yet to do that with you. I truly hope I never do. While I may never know exactly where a story is going, I do know they will change how I think and feel. These cherished books have a seat of honor in my home – they’re in a stack closest to the door between Dune and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – ready to be snatch in case of a fire.
So thank you Ginn Hale for your extraordinary work and for being one of the few literary touchstones I rely upon. Although with all due respect unlike some I don’t want to have your babies. I’ll settle for your fictional children.