Do I read my own books? You better believe it, but not before a little time has gone by since publication. Going through edits makes me tired of the book, but after a while it seems fresh and new, and I can enjoy it. It’s fun to revisit characters that were a part of my life for months. I make their acquaintance all over again, and I remember why I liked them so much in the first place. Some of them are so endearing I want to put them into another book. I’ve actually done this with Return Engagement. I couldn’t give up the Lovinggood family so I wrote a sequel called Blue 52.
Reading my own work also gives me a sense of accomplishment. My mother loved books and taught me to love them too. When I read my book it does my heart good to know that I was able to create something worthy of being published. I wish my mother knew that I became an author, but she died many years before I even thought of writing a book.
I also find quotations that I can use for book promotion. It’s fun to find passages that I think are particularly good. Sometimes I have forgotten them so it’s a little like finding small treasures to read them again.
I also like seeing how my work has evolved from the beginning to the present time. I do think I’ve learned a lot about my craft, and I hope it shows!
Sometimes, though, I find errors that were missed during editing. This slightly panics me, but until another edition comes out there is nothing I can do about it.
Are you an author? If so, do you read your own work?