Was her vow to be a Lost Fan due to uneven plotting or weak characters? No.
Because she didn't like humor mixed with her mystery? No.
Or because the main character is fat and middle-aged? Certainly not.
Lost Fan was leaving Odelia in the dust because I married Odelia off to Greg Stevens at the end of book #3, Thugs and Kisses. In her own words, Greg is "[N]ot a good match." She cited that Greg Stevens is too young for Odelia and wants children. Lost Fan wanted Odelia to hook up with Dev Frye, the homicide detective who met Odelia about the same time Greg met her, and boldly stated that she "will more than likely not read any more Odelia Grey unless I find out that Greg is out of the picture for some reason or the other."
It always surprises me how invested people become in my characters. Then again, why am I surprised when that is exactly my goal when writing. I want my readers to embrace Odelia, as well as Emma Whitecastle and Granny from the Ghost of Granny Apples series, and Madison and her vampire friends. I even want readers to become part of the dysfunctional Bowen family in my Holidays From Hell series. My books are character driven, and Lost Fan's emotional turmoil over Odelia's marriage is evidence I'm doing my job.
If there is one thing I've noticed during my writing career, it's how very personal readers take the romances of characters they love. When Odelia married Greg in Thugs and Kisses, I did receive several e-mails from readers saying they had been rooting for Dev Frye. Even before that book came out, I received notes declaring preferences of one suitor over the other. Maybe some of those readers did stop reading, but none wrote to declare their stand. Most, I'm sure, trusted my writing judgment and kept moving forward with the series.
I don't expect all of my readers to love everything I write or to embrace all decisions I make as I journey through each series. But in the end, those are my decisions, and most readers understand that. As a reader myself, I really enjoy when a favorite author turns me on my head and gives me something to gnaw on while I wait for the next book in the series. It's all part of them doing their job.
I'm glad Lost Fan wrote to air her opinion. Readers should feel free to write authors and tell them what they like and don't like. I receive quite a few e-mails from readers on a daily basis, and some of those do contain criticism of one kind or another, as well as praise. But readers, please don't end your e-mails with ultimatums. It never works.
If Lost Fan can't bear to read any more books because Greg is married to Odelia, then perhaps that is best.
UPDATE: I just heard from Lost Fan who, based on my e-mail reply to her, has decided not to abandon Odelia. Great news!