What is an author without readers?
So you’ve written your novel. You got it published. Now what? Well, now you need readers, right?
To me, my readers or not just fans, they are trusted confidants. I can tell them anything, and most often do, even if it is a fictional story. Without someone out there to read my stories, I would be just another face among the crowd, an unknown. However, thanks to my readers, this is not the case. Writers, authors and readers have a, for lack of a better comparison, a symbiotic relationship. Writers and authors provide the reader with an escape, even if for only a short time. On the other side, readers validate our work, whether it is in a review, an e-mail or face to face. Without someone to read and find enjoyment in our works, why would we even bother to write in the first place?
For me, writing is my way of getting the stories out of my head. (And quells the voices.) I read an interview with an author recently and he said something to the effect that writing was a way for him to get the movies out of his head. I think that sums it up rather well. However, it is nice to know that instead of just writing for yourself, you’re writing for thousands of readers. (In my case, dozens.)