Jaeda, from Moorhead MN, writes to ask, “Have you read any of your books?”
Of course, in the process of writing the book I am constantly reading what I have written. But when I do that I’m reading as part of the writing process.
Then, as I am currently doing now, I am reading my new book to a class. In that case I am primarily focused on their reaction to the book.
On occasion, when I am asked to speak about a particular book—such as when, in March, I visited Springfield, Missouri—where they held an “all-city read” event with Seer of Shadows—I’ll read the book so I can remember what happens, the better to answer questions about the story that will inevitably come my way. I’m merely doing my part for the event.
Then there have been those times when a publisher comes to me and says, “We’d like to re-publish one of your books. Do you wish to re-write any of it?” Obviously, there too, I must re-read the book.
But if the question is, “Have you read any of your books for the pleasure of it?” The answer is “No!” Why? Because, when I re-read one of my published books I will always come up with things that might have been better. Perfection is not my line of work. Having come across such imperfections, there’s not much I can do about it. So, generally speaking—with the exceptions cited above—I do not read any of my books. Too frustrating!