Over the past few days, I have been e-mailing ARC's of The Fray Theory to interested readers, and in the process, been overcome by emotions I was not at all anticipating.
Every writer dreams of their book reaching the masses on a grand scale. It is this dream that spurs us on. It is this hope that shatters our writer's block. This fantasy which lifts the burden of the world off our shoulders.
But what I wasn't expecting is the rush of sheer joy each and every time someone expresses genuine excitement over reading the book. The humility of someone referring to one of the characters as though they are a real person. The love and warmth of knowing a reader has stepped into your world, and in the process, learned of your deepest and darkest thoughts, and shared your most earth-shattering emotions.
I never knew what a privilege it is to be a writer... to conjure a shared experience for friends and soon-to-be friends alike.