So, okay, I'm not like Carol Lynne or Gabrielle Evans or Brenda Jackson, I'm definitely not Ethan Day or Damon Suede, I'm me, Vicktor Aleksandr B, aka Vicktor Alexander. I'm an author, yes, this is true. I've got four books out and I love what I do (you know when I can write), I love making covers and I love writing stories about men falling in love and have lots of sticky, steamy, hot, mansex. It's fun. It makes me happy and I love the fact that I get to share it with others.
I don't like the backlash that I've gotten, however.
On an almost daily basis I get emails, comments on my blogs that are hateful, hurtful, spiteful, threatening and it puts me into a bad headspace.
I know what you're thinking, "Vic, you don't have to make a Yahoo group, just block them."
I've done this. But it's very easy to create a new email address and since I don't want to miss emails from actual readers, I continue to check my Vicktor Alexander account and read the emails there. It's a definite cache-22. At least I thought it was.
One of my sisters, Cherie Noel, suggested that I start a Yahoo group and direct the readers there. That way they could still ask their questions, talk to me about the books that I've already written and are writing, but I'll be protected because the group will be moderated and open, so the ones who hide behind anonymity in an email won't be able to do so in a group because there will be others around. I thought it was brilliant, but I hesitated.
I'd thought of starting a Yahoo group right after A Very Tate Christmas came out, but I had someone tell me that I didn't have enough books out and I wasn't popular enough (yet) to have a group. I didn't make one then but I knew that someday I would have a Yahoo group. Not just because I wanted one, but because I could see how popular the Tate Pack was and I knew that at some point I would need to have a group where Team Tommy could meet up with Team Michael and Team Maurice could meet up with Team Alex and Team Richard could oversee it all. I was aware that this was inevitable, but I held off on it.
I've decided not to hold off on it anymore. For the safety of my mind and characters, for the readers, I have a Vicktor Alexander Yahoo group.
The best thing about my name is that when I typed in Vicktor Alexander, there were no copies out there, which just makes me happy.
Anyway, I have a Yahoo group and it's for those who want to talk with me. I'm closing down my email addresses, except my Yahoo one, and everyone will be redirected to the group. It's what's best for Vicktor Aleksandr B and ultimately what's best for VAB is what's best for Vicktor Alexander.
So I encourage you to come by, join the group, look around and settle in. I do think we're going to have a fabulously good time.
Here's the link for the group: Vicktor Alexander Yahoo Group
-Vicktor Aleksandr B