By me,
Kelly Hager,
a blogger you don’t know.
If you’re reading this, that headline is not news to you.
You probably have your own reasons for agreeing with me, too. They probably center around Selene’s novels (Melt and its sequel, Signs of Life, are two of my favorite books ever) or may just have to do with Selene as a person.
You know those people who work tirelessly to help other people, to give voice to people who don’t have one?
That’s Selene.
She does it in real life and she does it through her books.
I’m trying to keep talking about Signs of Life (because that’s why I was invited here),
but instead, I’m talking about Selene.  As I’m writing this, it’s the same day that a man murdered 50 people and injured 53 more in a gay nightclub.
It would be very easy for me to give up on humanity.  Selene is one of the reasons I am not. 
She’s a helper.  (You’ve seen that Fred Rogers meme, right, about looking for the helpers.)
Her novels aren’t pretty, and I love that.  They are candles on the water, no doubt giving people in similar situations hope that they, too, can survive what they’re going through. 
candles in water
You’ve heard the CS Lewis quote about reading to know we’re not alone.  Selene shows us that we aren’t alone and that she’s willing to walk through the darkness with us.  I am honored to be her friend.
CS Lewis We read to know we are not alone
Note from Selene:
Wow. It’s hard to believe I’ve inspired emotion like this. Me, who wasn’t a good enough reader to be allow to order books from the Scholastic Book Club in second grade (yeah, they did that. Only the top reading group could order. I could’ve been another Gordon Korman!)
But I knew I was a reader, and a writer. Screw you, Number One School. (I think they closed it – ha!) And Kelly loves my novels!
Seriously, I’m honored — for this, and to have her as my friend, too.
(Cue the mushy music)

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