6. You spend an enormous amount of time alone. Luckily I adore being alone. I'm a fan of quiet and get my best thinking and writing done in an empty house. Gone are the days of lunches in the faculty lounge and chit-chatting with fellow teachers in the hallway in between classes. I do miss that. Most days are me, me and my thoughts.
5. The general public really thinks authors are rich or are on the fast train to becoming rich. Famous too. I hear it everywhere I go - people asking me how it feels to be famous. I seriously do my best to not laugh. It's a funny misconception. I let them know that fame and money weren't the reasons I wanted to become an author.
4. Meeting and talking to other authors is not only fun, it's important. In light of this being all so new and mysterious, it is quite reassuring to discuss publishing experiences with authors, regardless of where they are in their career as an author. We authors are an encouraging bunch of human beings.
|From an event at the Exton, PA Barnes & Noble: (from the left) Beth Kephart, Ame Dyckman, Monica Carnesi, me, Dianne Salerni, Amy Garvey, Elisa Ludwig & E. C. Myers|
|The one, the only, James Howe. He is certainly one of the most genuinely kind human beings I've ever had the pleasure of knowing.|
1. Having complete strangers read your book is a mind blower. Again, duh, this shouldn't be a real shocker, but it's surreal and wonderful and fascinating and wild. These people, these readers...adults and students, spending their time with the characters I created, is a monumental thing. I hope I never lose the wow factor of how that feels.