Here are ten things about authors readers don’t know!
- Reading fiction is the act of immersing yourself into an author’s imagination. There are secrets hiding in between the lines and paragraphs of each page. You only need to pay attention.
- You can decipher an author’s personal likes and dislikes by the characters, settings, moods, and even the food that is served up in the narrative.
- There’s always a “seed of truth” in every story, whether evidenced by a character, situation, or outcome. Somewhere in the story, there’s a point of inspiration for the author.
- Authors struggle with first drafts. First drafts are probably closer to fourth or fifth drafts.
- The act of writing a novel is an act of courage. Authors don’t always know the middle or even the end of a story. Outlines are often created as the story unfolds.
- Authors hate to let readers down; they are particularly concerned with wrapping up a story in the most satisfying fashion.
- Most authors are afraid to read reviews. But reviews are critically important to the success of any book. So, if you enjoy a novel, take the time to leave a review on Amazon, Goodreads, or any other retailer. You’ll make the author very happy.
- The consumption of massive quantities of snacks accompany the writing of a novel. Anything will do. Sweet or salty. Even leftovers. Which is why most authors choose not to work at the kitchen table. It’s too close to the refrigerator.
- Animals play an important role in an author’s life. They never talk back or offer criticism. Their loving glances confirm the author’s new project is brilliant.
- Authors are like moles. They prefer to hide in dark places, popping up to catch the sunlight only when they must. Most are terribly shy, and since they work alone, need to be reminded from time to time to smile. But on the whole, they are lovely people.
How many of these things did you know? Let me know in the comments below!