I mean, "actively working against her interests" - what is that? Trying to gag her editor and trap the poor person in a closet so that the person cannot buy the author's next book? "Such relentless personal attacks have been known to incite violence" - what on earth? Did this person threaten to kill the author? From what I could see, disgruntled ex-fans of Dead Of Night are just irritated by what they perceive as a switch-and-bait technique used by the author in that book. I doubt any of them will be driving by the author's house and tossing a flaming brick through a window.
And then we have this, straight from the author herself:
Thanks for your patience during what we shall call "the Experiment."
I wanted to see what it was like to have a "sign in to view" board - and it was noisy. Although I do like seeing all the former lurkers at the top of the board. Cool that you're here. Sign in more often, will ya?
I also gave the non-automatic registration a try - that didn't work too well either because, well, I have a life. So if you've tried to register in the past few days and gotten the "wait for approval" message, give it another go in a few minutes, okay?
Oh, dear. So much work just to ensure that nobody says anything bad about the author's works. Look at what you are doing to the author, you naughty fans. Stop that at once! Be nice!
Unless, of course, you're trying to get on the board to make trouble. And, babycakes, I know you know who you are. My moderators do, too, and I'm giving them free reign (and free rein ) to open a can of whoop-ass as they see fit.
I'm starting to worry. Are there really a bunch of nasty people out there deliberately trying to drag the author's name through the mud? Is there a targeted campaign to ruin the author's career? Or is she exaggerating?
And then we have this, just in case anyone is interested:
Last but not least - I want to make a quick announcement about something that should be coming out in Publisher's Weekly in the next few weeks. (You heard it here, first!)
My production company, small or LARGE Productions, has officially finished our first indy feature film. It's a holiday comedy called JOLLY, starring Eric Ruben and Jason T. Gaffney, written by my husband Ed, and me.
Post-production is over, and we've entered the film in a whole slew of festivals across the country. Our imdb page (invitation only by the imdb!) is on the verge of going up, which is exciting, too.
I'll keep you posted re: those festivals, and viewing dates and times.
That's not so bad, isn't it? But then we have this at the conclusion of the message:
Okay, I gotta go write more of HOT PURSUIT. I got a bunch of Navy SEALs in heavy outerwear coming into an office that has a broken (always running) radiator. I need to strip those guys down to their T-shirts and jeans before they get too hot and...
Oh, perhaps I have said too much...
I'm getting creepy Laurell K Hamilton vibes here.