Author offers apologies over Twitter'd review backlash

<p>An author has apologised after using her Twitter account to call on her fans to hit back at &quot;snarky critics&quot;. Alice Hoffman used Twitter to strike back at a mixed review of her latest novel <em>The Story Sisters.</em> According to the <em>New York Times</em>, Hoffman described critic Roberta Silman of the <em>Boston Globe</em> as &quot;a moron&quot;, after she wrote that her new novel lacked the spark of an earlier work.</p><p>Hoffman has now deleted her Twitter account, and in a statement forwarded by her publisher, the Crown Publishing Group division of Random House, said: &quot;I feel this whole situation has been completely blown out of proportion. Of course, I was dismayed by Roberta Silman&rsquo;s review which gave away the plot of the novel, and in the heat of the moment I responded strongly and I wish I hadn&rsquo;t. I&rsquo;m sorry if I offended anyone.&quot;</p><p><strong>Updated, 12.46pm</strong></p><p>Courtesy of <a href=" target="_blank" title="Brand Week story">Brand Republic</a>, you can now view the <a href="; target="_blank" title="AliceHof on Twitter">cached version of Hoffman&#39;s Twitter account</a> so you can read in full what she wrote. For example: &quot;<span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">An email to a reviewer is hate mail? But a hateful review is a love letter?&quot;</span></span></p><p><span class="status-body"><span class="entry-content">As noted below, she included the reviewer&#39;s email address and phone number in the Twitter stream, and later defended it by saying both were in the public domain.</span></span></p>