I received a response from the author to my comment on her post on the blog – she was polite but the gist of her reply was that I was wrong and perhaps a little naive, a small quote:
but the truth is this: a story will appeals to a niche segment of the population more than the whole. It’s knowing who the reader of our stories is that will help an author reach out
Perhaps I am naive but I still stick with my opinion. I’m not prepared to alter the way I write to try and fit some perceived notion of who might, or might not, read my work. I write from the heart and that, to me, is the best way to write.