Getting to know an author is important. I feel that as a writer, I have to somewhat fillet myself to let people see what sparks my writing. Doesn’t it make it more enjoyable to read something when you feel you know the person that has, most often, painstakingly written the words that are on the pages in front of you?
I will be completely honest, and I should get yelled at for this, but I used to buy a book, read it, and never learn anything about the person behind the words. Of course, now, I Google the author and find a little, or a lot, about them. I find that I respect and enjoy their book so much more! I have to bet that most people don’t know much about their favorite authors and that’s too bad. And I bet more authors would become your favorite if you knew a little more about their story, why they write, and what inspires them. Trust me, most authors have their life on a blog or website somewhere.
Start with the books you have at home. Search the author and read their story, even the ones that you THINK you know. You probably only know the characters that they have written about, but there’s always a story behind the story. Writers, usually, like to reveal their inspiration. We like for people to know what fires up our pen, or makes our fingers type faster and harder. That’s why we blog and open up our writing hearts for all to see. Maybe I’m only speaking for myself, but I want you to know why I love the written word. I want you know what has inspired my first book and the ones to follow.
To know your authors, is to know more about their characters and storylines. For example, Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors. I read a couple of her books before going to her website and reading the “About Kristin” tab on her website. After reading it, I went from just liking her writing to respecting her writing. It’s amazing the difference it’s made when I pick up and read one of her books. It’s enhances the way I get to know her characters. I pay more attention to where her books take place, and it’s fun to see the tidbits of her that fall into her storylines. As I’m reading, I’ll come across a small detail and subconsciously realize, that’s a small part of Kristin. I like that. (I also learned she writes longhand…I envy that.)
Whether you read casually or read aggressively, know more about the person behind the book. You’ll be glad you did. Let curiosity be your motivation.
Until next time….