|By Emily Carlin|
We are writers. We agonize over the perfect words. We create new worlds with only our imaginations. We love our characters like our own children. And we understand each other.
But…does the rest of the world?
I got caught in the middle of a book bashing conversation a few days ago and I’m not sure I handled it well. My friends were talking about how terrible a particular book was—so I tried to explain how they weren’t the books target audience, and the people it was written for love it. My friends asked how could someone of this religious persuasion write a book like this—I tried to explain that if you really understand the book it isn’t so far off. They know I write and so maybe they thought I could answer these questions.
I understand that people have opinions and want to discuss them, but what bothered me more than the questions was the negativity. Authors are people. We aren’t perfect. Our books aren’t perfect, but we pour our souls into them. We know not everyone will like them, but we still write.
So this is my question to you…Do you author bash? Do you book bash? What do you do when others around you do?