I say this in my newsletters but here it is - in permanent blog form.
Yes writer's write because - most can't "not" write - ie: they've got characters and stories bashing the insides of their brains, demanding to come out. Some are hoping to hit it big and make $. A very few may be delusional (though we are ALL delusional in some way) and looking for fame or an ego boost. But what keeps us going and the true fuel that guides us is YOU - the reader!!!
Why write something no one will ever read or love? Why spend day after day, hour after hour pulling these characters and stories from the darkest places of our hearts to shine the light on them?
Why share our fears, hates, loves and dreams with strangers?
I realize now, half way through this silly blog post that I can only answer for myself. I started because my characters were driving me insane with their incessant ramblings. But I continue because of the feedback I get from YOU - the readers.
Whenever someone posts that they love this series or they love the character/s or they love Distant Edge - my heart literally somersaults out of my chest, flips several times in the air and usually remains in the ether for some days. It's the jolt I need to keep going. The electricity to Dr. Frankenstein's monster. It fills my veins. Charges me up. And marches me onward.
I say it over and over because it's true - I am GRATEFUL FOR YOU! Each and every one of you! Without readers, an author is truly nothing. I'm not doing this to bang my head repeatedly against a wall. Writing is a solitary craft, so when YOU choose to interact, say hi or say you love the characters and the series - you are totally making my week <3
Thank you for taking this crazy journey with me!