Everyone has a hobby. For some people, it’s a sport: swimming, rugby, tennis. For others, it’s something that is more personal: gaming, or learning a language.
And then for others, it’s creative: knitting, crafting, music, or writing.
I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. My parents even found some of my earliest school reports from when I was around six years old, and even then I’m ignoring what I should do at school and writing stories instead!
I have always found writing a wonderful escape, and a way to explore different worlds.
Many people actively encourage their friends in their hobbies, either turning up to matches, or praising their creations.
But what has been really strange is that since I have become a published author, it’s been a bit strange seeing whether my friends want to read my books or not.
Obviously none of my friends should be forced to do it! I would hate for my friends to feel like they were obliged to read my books, but at the same time…
I pour so much of myself into my books. Writing is my passion, it’s what I spend – well, almost all my time doing! It’s such a huge part of my life, and so sometimes it is odd that you cannot understand a part of me without reading my books.
What about you? Do you encourage your friends to read the books you love, or get involved in your hobbies?
I absolutely share my passions with friends. I don’t necessarily expect everyone I know to read my books, but I try to make sure they know about them if I think they might have any interest. I’ve actually been pleasantly surprised how many have shown interest. I had no problem finding early readers that I could trust to give real feedback.
One thing you have to do is be unoffendable. Some people will have no interest. Some people won’t like the books. Some will devour them, some will read slowly, some will quit part way through. It’s not personal when it doesn’t work; it’s just not their cup of tea. I reassure everyone it’s OK if they don’t read them, or don’t like them. I do always ask why they don’t like them.
I don’t think I could have put it better myself!