Writers on Writing: Reader Engagement with Shawn Reilly Simmons
Back in the first part of the ’00s, I sold wine for a living. I’ve always been a fan of wine, and the job turned out to be a good fit for me for several years. I enjoyed learning about how wine grapes are grown, and about the regions of the world different wines come from. The scientific process winemakers use still fascinates me, and visiting a vineyard or a wine tasting remains one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon.
Writers on Writing: Reader Engagement with Christina Freeburn
I love sitting at my desk and creating the world that my characters inhabit. It’s where I’m most comfortable. I can spend hours, weeks, happily mapping out their lives and redirecting them only to go back and change things up. It’s fun. But there are times I feel a strong need to step away from my desk and have days that are all about the crafting. And I’m not talking about the craft of writing. Every year, I look forward to the times when I leave where I write and go to where my readers, who have also become my friends, are—scrapbooking retreats.
Writers on Writing: Reader Engagement with Phoebe Fox
A writer friend confessed to me recently, “I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” Her book sales are terrific, she told me, her personal life is excellent, and she has great things on the horizon.
“And then I went to Goodreads,” she said.
Suddenly all the blessings she’d just listed in her life—blessings that some people would sell a kidney to claim just one of—were diminished for her by a one-star review left by a reader.