But every now and then, I see a review that strikes a cord with me because it gets to the heart of my debut novel. I think to myself: this writer clearly “gets it.” Today, I read one of those reviews:
“I’m still shaking with emotion after reading this book. This book is painful but necessary. I read it in one setting, both because it was compelling and so painful that I knew that if I stopped I wouldn’t start again. When I finished, I shook/cried for an hour. I was disgusted and horrified and I vowed to do my part to make things better.
The gritty world depicted and the way our “invisible” children in poverty as consumed on the lusts of the more affluent are something I can’t tolerate as a mother or a follower of Christ. I hope more people will read this book and then realize what they purchase with that “not hurting anyone” pornography that inundates our society. A portion of the proceeds go to groups that fight human trafficking, so I hope this book ends up on every kindle.”
Not only does this reviewer understand my reasons for writing The Black Lens, but she also vows to do her part to “make things better.” And she’s not alone. Several other readers have said they wanted to become more involved in fighting sex trafficking after finishing my debut novel.
As an author, I couldn’t ask for anything more.