1. Is your fanmail open or closed? Why?
It’s open, because I love getting feedback and since I don’t have Insta, this is basically the only way I can interact with my readers.
2. What’s the worst fanmail you’ve gotten?
I’ve only gotten one so far, but it said that my story was the worst thing the reader has ever read Tbh I know that that story wasn’t that good and I archived it since then, but after laughing it off, I left her a pretty sarcastic comment because while I wasn’t offended, the fact that she would say this to anyone annoyed the hell out of me.
3. What is your opinion of authors closing their fanmail?
I understand it, especially if I think about popular authors. I wouldn’t be able to handle so many “when do you update” fanmail, and I’d get tired of answering the same questions over and over again.
4. Would you ever personally close your fanmail? Why?
I mean, if I received hundreds a day, yes But that’s not very likely to happen, lol
5. How do you handle getting negative/positive fanmail/ what is your reaction?
Since I have only received one negative fanmail so far, I’m not sure, but I don’t think it would bother me as long as the majority of my fanmail was positive.
6. Have you ever left a negative fanmail? Was it constructive? Did the author view it as such?
Nope, I think it’s called fanmail for a reason, and I wouldn’t message someone just to tell them that their story sucks. I did reach out a few authors on the forums when I noticed that their story was breaking the guidelines, and I thought they might not be aware of that. Otherwise I only say negative things about a story, if someone specifically asks me to give detailed feedback, and I do that in PM.
7. As a reader are you apprehensive about reaching out to authors via fanmail?
No, I like sending fanmail, especially to small authors because I know from experience that it means a lot. Actually, I should do that more often, but sometimes I don’t have anything else to say other than “hey, great story”, so I usually just keep this to myself.
8. What prompts you as a reader to leave a fanmail?
When I have more things to say other than “hey, great story”