I was so excited to receive a picture from Tessa in the UK, an early reader of my new book, The River Girls. Tessa is holding a paperback edition, and from her lovely smile I assume (and hope) she was happy with it! Putting a new book out into the world can be a scary and humbling experience, so it's amazing to receive such positive feedback.
When I read a book, I always try to image what the writer was thinking when creating the story. And when writing a book, I find myself wondering what readers will be thinking as they are reading my story. Will they be shocked? Surprised? Or, worst of all, bored? Not sure if I should, but I always write with an imagined reader on my shoulder. It's surreal to think that I can impact the feelings and emotions of a reader through my books and stories.
Don’t books have such a wonderful way of connecting the thoughts and emotions of writers and readers? I'm feeling grateful today for all the great writers and all the wonderful readers out there!
Melinda Woodhall is the author of the page-turning Mercy Harbor Thriller series. She also writes women's contemporary fiction as M.M. Arvin..