One of my favorite things about being an author is interacting with fans who enjoy reading my books and answering their questions about writing. I had a young man contact me the other day. He’s writing a report in school about a Utah author, and he chose me as his subject. How cool is that?! I was so excited to hear from him, and to answer his questions about my writing process.
Being an author can sometimes be a lonely profession. Besides the fact that we sit for hours by ourselves, imagining weird stuff in our heads and trying to write it down in a coherent fashion, we often have an inferiority complex in the professional world – especially if our books are getting lost in the ocean of books out there. I have been sorely tempted lately to simply abandon my dreams and pursue a “real” profession.
But it’s moments like this, when someone shows genuine appreciation and enthusiasm for what I love to do, that encourage me to shake myself off and stand up to take another step forward and try again. Dear readers: you are my inspiration!
(How it feels when readers inspire me to keep going.)
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So, I thought you might be interested in the questions my young friend asked, and my answers. They’re copied below. Enjoy learning a little bit more about my writing, where it came from, and how I do it. And thanks for reading the words I write! It really means a lot to me!