As a writer, you hope people will open your book and be hooked, unable to put it down until they've read the last page.
I've already gotten a few notes along those lines about Tower of Strength, and each one makes me realize that I've been holding my breath, waiting to see reader reactions, because I'm past the point of being able to accurately judge this one. Every time I hear that someone enjoyed it, I can relax just a little bit more.
I know I can't please everyone, and that there will be people who don't like my work. I'm okay with that. But I love hearing from those people that my books do resonate with on some level.
(The best is finding out that I've kept a woman up until three in the morning so she could finish one of my books. I'm so sadistic.)
But no matter what, fears will still build up inside. I like to hope I'm improving with each book, but what if I backslide? (Rebecca totally made my day when she said she thinks it's my best one so far. Yay!)
And there's this other, unexpected, side to getting the exact feedback you've been hoping to receive, the, "I couldn't put it down," thing, like I got a day or so after the release.
One of my best friends sent me a note through Facebook saying she'd bought it and read it "in one sitting."
And that's when the weird reaction set in.
I wanted this to happen.
But . . . at the same time, there's this little a part of you that thinks, Wait. She read it in ONE sitting? How is that possible? It took me nearly a year to write and revise and edit that book, and it's done and OVERWITH in a few hours?
As if readers should read a book at the pace it was written or something.
Writers really are a funky bunch.
Today's tour stop:
Away from It All
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