Each of us is drawn to a book by something unique to us that sparks a flame. It is this spark that authors the world over strive to discover but it is an elusive thing as it differs from person to person. I enjoy beautiful prose that transports me into another world, engaging all of my senses to the point where I feel as though I am a character in the novel. But at the same time, I like a lot of action, adventure, and a healthy dose of romance doesn’t hurt either. What can I say, as a reader I am not easy to please. Chances are what draws you to a novel is different.
Let’s make it fun with a pole. What makes you pick up a book?
Should authors cater to what readers want? I’m curious as to what you the readers think on that, but that’s a pole I’ll save for another time. In my humble opinion, the answer is both yes and no. Authors want to sell books and readers want to buy them, it’s a symbiotic relationship. But for it to benefit both parties, one must be aware of the other and attract them in some way. If you’re a writer who doesn’t care about selling books then of course this doesn’t apply to you. But most of us who write~though certainly not all~would like to eventually sell our work. We authors are constantly told, write what is in your hearts and I couldn’t agree more. The very best novels come from a writer’s heart and soul. But we must also remember that what is in readers’ hearts is important as well.
Author of The Secret Of Spruce Knoll, Born Of Fire, Channeler's Choice, To Ride A Puca, and coming in October of 2012 Rise of a Rector. A short story of Heather's is also available in the free In His Eyes eBook anthology and will be available in the Winter Wonders anthology releasing in December of 2012.