Do your family members ready your books? This may come as a shock, but my 94-year-old mother is the only person in my family who has read all seven of my books. It’s true. My mother is the best!
A writer may have lots of fans and supporters, some of whom may read everything she writes and even happily share her posts on social media. That writer is indeed fortunate. What may surprise you to learn is that typically, these “fans” are not family members. I know I have addressed this before, but whenever I ask other writers about this, the consensus is the same. Their family members don’t read their books.
At first, this may seem unexpected, but when I think about, it’s that way with my family, too. Many of them congratulate me on a new book, but don’t buy it. And even if I offer to gift it to them, usually they aren’t excited about it, and gently decline with one excuse or another. Now that I’m no longer a new writer, I realize this isn’t so far out of the ordinary. I understand that maybe they don’t like to read books about travel, or maybe they don’t want to read abut a surgical procedure as described in my medical thrillers. Or maybe they just like to read news articles. This is okay.
Would I want to read every report one of them might publish, or read a paranormal or sci-fi novel, or a biography about the Vikings? I doubt it. So it’s nothing personal, and as writers, while we appreciate the support and encouragement, we must believe that it doesn’t have to come in the form of someone reading our books. If it does, then it’s all the better.
So, since my mother is more than halfway through The Venice I Know, I really appreciate her as a reader, as well as my wonderful mother.
I do appreciate each and every one of you who takes the time to read my blog. I enjoy feedback from you, so please do leave a comment. And by the way, I have not yet started writing my third medical thriller, but Allison Jamison will be returning sometime in 2022. I am open to any ideas you may have regarding her next adventure. Let me know what you’d like to see.
Grazie and Ciao.