What you (may have) missed on 3:AM recently:
I haven’t gotten a death threat in years. When I was first publishing books, people had this crazy fear that people might read my work and be inspired to rape and kill boys or something like that, which was based on this really dumb misunderstanding of my fiction. Of course that never happened, and in fact the most devoted readers of my work tend to be young people who relate to the young, attacked characters and feel strengthened by seeing their confusion and feelings treated with respect. Nowadays, I just tend to get these attacks that angrily complain about how critics claim that I’m a good writer, but that I’m overrated and actually just a vile smut merchant and things like that.
First posted: Monday, June 29th, 2009.