My little ephiphany…

I was standing in my local library the other day, surrounded− obviously!− by books and I was scanning the shelves as I normally, mentally skipping over books…not my thing, not in the mood for sci-fi, looking for a good thriller, or a make-me-laugh romance…

Suddenly the thought hit me that I’m a published author as well. That, like me there was an author behind every one of these books, someone who has poured their heart and soul and hours and hours of their time into producing their book. Someone who loves and cries and bleeds to get their words onto the page…and I’m dismissing their work because it’s not my thing.

I felt like I had to sit down and take a pill…

My point? I realised that, somewhere in the world− and in your own town and amongst your own friends− there will always be people who will dismiss your work, say it’s not their thing, say it’s not worth wasting their time on…and you what? I’m actually ok with that…

I don’t expect everybody to love my books, that’s egotistical and frankly crazy. And it’s ok for me not to read vampire books (because I don’t get them) or war stories (I lived through a war, I don’t need to read about it) because reading is my form of escape, my time out, my pleasure.

But I do believe, as Robertson Davies said that “It is dangerous to condemn stories as junk which satisfy the deep hunger of millions of people. These books are not literary art, but a great deal of what is acclaimed as literary art in our time offers no comfort or fulfilment to anybody.’”

I utterly respect the authors of vampire books and war stories and every other type of book out there because I now know− comprehensively− what it took to get their books on the shelves, in bookstores and in libraries and on the internet as e- books. I know how much sheer, damned hard work it takes…

I really hope you like− hell, I hope you love my books. I hope they make you smile and laugh and let you escape for a couple of hours…but if they are not your ‘thing’ that’s ok, too.

I just wish you happy reading, whatever you are reading….

Joss xxx

 

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