• While at ConClave, Al Bogdan did an impromptu video session of Merrie Haskell and I interviewing one another. I can’t watch, ’cause I cringe to see myself on camera, but I had a good time chatting with Merrie. Interview is posted here.
I stopped by the local B&N today to sign stock, and as I was browsing the shelves, it struck me how many of these authors I’ve come to know either in person or online. Wonderful people, (well, mostly wonderful), and I wish I had the time to keep up with all the great books they’re putting out.
But every once in a while, I’m reading a friend’s book and I find myself unable to get into the story. I have to force myself to turn the pages, and soon I’m reading out of guilt and looking forward to the end for the sole reason that it frees me to read something different. (Note to Jennifer and Lisa, since both of you know I’ve been reading your stuff lately: I’m not talking about you here.)
If the author is a stranger, it’s easy to toss the book aside. But if it’s someone I know, even just from chatting online … yeah. Awkward. Uncomfortable. Serious Oh-God-please-don’t-ask-me-what-I-thought-of-your-book moments.
Since Mermaid just came out, I figured this was a good time to say to anyone who’s as neurotic as I am about this stuff … it’s okay. I don’t expect everyone who hangs out and chats here to be rabid fans of my books. Some of you have never read my stuff, and that’s okay. Others have, and weren’t impressed. That’s okay too.
Any author who expects everyone to love their work is a damn fool. Mermaid has been out for little more than a week, and already I’ve read comments calling it the perfect book and others calling it a disappointment. C’est la vie.
I obviously want people to enjoy the books I write, and I’m delighted when they do. I do hope, if you like the blog, that you might check out a sample chapter or try one of my stories, but I don’t expect it.
I’m grateful to everyone who’s picked up one of my books and given a still-relatively-new author a shot. If they turned you into a goblin or princess fan, that’s awesome. But if you found my writing wasn’t to your liking, no worries. We’re still cool.