Everyone had such a good time with our contest last week that it got me thinking about the relationship between reader and author. I'll let you all in on a little secret-at least in my experience-most writers (and that includes me!) are somewhat lacking in self confidence when it comes to their work. Whenever I meet a reader at an event and they tell me how much they've enjoyed one of my books, invariably my first response is "Wow, they must've missed how I messed up in Chapter Three! I really could've done so much better with that scene!" (but, of course, I never say that aloud!)
Why are authors that way?? I don't know. It could be because the world we create is from the inside out, or maybe it's because the actual craft of writing is so solitary. Like I said, I don't know, but I do know each and every time I meet a reader, receive an email, or read something positive posted on this blog or others, it truly means the world to me. It gives what I do meaning, and it's what keeps me tapping away on the keyboard even though there's a niggling little thought in the back of my head..."What if this one tanks? Man, I'd have to change my name and write in another genre!" I'd hate that...I really would...I love writing paranormal mysteries!!
So what is my point? (there is one-trust me!) The point is...to all of you who keep buying our books, who keep saying nice things about us and to us...you have no idea how much it means to authors. You bolster our self confidence! You are the most important part of this crazy business. Without you, there would be no business-you're the ones that keep the wheels rolling and the presses churning! And getting to meet you, either in person or in cyberspace, is one of the best things about being an author.
My question of the week? As a reader, if given the chance, what author would you most like to meet??? (To get the ball rolling-I'll tell you mine-Barbara Michaels/Elizabeth Peters. I've read her for years! And if I ever did meet her, I'm sure I'd turn into a blithering idiot! Which would be too bad-I'm told Ms. Michaels doesn't suffer fools gladly!!!)
Have a good one,