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Readers Respond to Christopher Smith’s Interview

A number of GalleyCat readers disagreed with one writer’s description of an Amazon controversy in our author interview, “Christopher Smith Fights Homophobic Campaign.”

In the interest of fairness, we have included excerpts from the comments in this post. Follow the links below to read the complete comments. UPDATE: Hundreds of readers have continued to debate this interview on the Kindle Community boards. Follow this link to read that commentary.

William Maxwell wrote: “Certainly in that thread, there were hints of homophobia, which is sadly inevitable on any public, unmodded forum. But there was certainly no ‘homophobic campaign.’ That thread was mostly an energetic debate about whether books with sexual and violent content should or should not be labeled with a warning. At this point, the rankings for the book actually went UP (I know because I was watching with some amusement at the effect ‘controversy’ had), and many posters were still enthusiastically lauding Smith’s work.”

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Christopher Smith Fights Homophobic Campaign

In October, film critic Christopher Smith (pictured) self-published the thriller, Fifth Avenue. When his book cracked Amazon’s top 10 bestseller list, he faced homophobic insults and death threats in a now-deleted post on an Amazon.com discussion board.

We caught up with Smith to talk about the controversy. Our interview follows below…

UPDATE: This interview has generated criticism from a number of readers. We have collected some reader responses here.

Q: Did you expect to deal with controversy when you put Fifth Avenue out there?

A: I did ask friends about a few specific scenes in the book and wondered if I should censor myself from telling the truth in those scenes. I don’t believe in censorship, so I decided not to self-censor, especially after reading Stieg Larsson‘s books, which can be brutal.

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