Today I received another great review for my first novel. I don’t know if one ever gets used to this. Each time a good review comes along, or someone says a good word about my work, I am overwhelmed as though it is a first. Do readers know the magnitude of their power when it comes to a writer’s success? I doubt they do, and I doubt even more if most writers are aware of it.

I’m not simply talking about how a review or word of mouth helps the book sales. Writing is art. The energy in a reader’s positive remark is what empowers a writer to become more creative. Remarks can make us or they can indeed break us. Take me for example. I’ve been at my computer ever since I read that review, trying to give my next novel the best I have to offer, and I’ve done so with a happy heart.

A Persian verse says, “It is the audience that gives a speaker dynamism!” Indeed, what would I be doing at this moment if a reader had not energized me? Why am I writing this after a full day of work on my novel? Why does it feel so good to ignore how tired I am?

So this note is for all you loving readers out there. Your good words, your applaud, and this incredible surge of support is a gift I can’t put a value on. All I can offer in return is to write and write. For as long as you provide the fuel, I will continue to be “The little engine that could!” Keep those good comments coming, pass the word around and give me the will to entrust you with all the stories I have safely kept inside!



Zohreh Ghahremani

Author, speaker and painter Zohreh (Zoe) Ghahremani

Zoe is working on numerous new books, public speaking and working on paintings, living by her motto that “life is short, but the road is wide!”

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