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February 3, 2011 | Uncategorized

A friend said, “I love you dearly, but I don’t know if I should read one of your books. How could I ever look at you the same way again? You’re so quiet, so shy, so sweet, and your books are so….”

This isn’t the first time I’ve hear this same reaction. Obviously, I don’t look the part of an erotic romance author (note to self: stock up on feather boas and backless pumps).

Naturally, I murmured something about how I wouldn’t want her to feel uncomfortable. And while I don’t see myself quite the same way, my real life persona is quiet, shy, and well–boring especially when compared with my characters’ adventures. :wub:

This is one of life’s ironies. Most writers are introverts. Who else would choose such a solitary profession? We do tend to be a shy and sensitive lot. And yet we slave a way at an occupation which if we are successful at is guaranteed to thrust us into the spotlight–a shy person’s worst nightmare.

So why do we do it? There are probably as many different answers as there are authors. I can only speak for myself. The characters I write about are very real to me. They are the children of my imagination. I am protective of them. I struggle to bring them to life, and then I fight to give them the very best possible chance at finding a home in readers’ hearts.

Virtual motherhood is a strange, empowering phenomena, one that turns otherwise mild-mannered women into lionesses willing to brave harsh critics and scandalized friends and family in order to protect and nurture the offspring of their dreams.

What would your friends be surprised to know about you?

Posted by Evanne @ 4:00 am  

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