“Do you read your own books? Why or why not?”
Yes, I read my own writings. What can I say? I put too much in to them not to keep them in mind.
And after I have written something, it often goes out of my mind.
I often run across starts or passages of novels and stories and forget that I had written them. I honestly don’t remember some of the poems and articles which I have written, (and even had published).
I go over and over stories as I write them to get it honed and frankly, to see where the story and characters take me, so when they are finished, I like to see how it all came together. I have done it several times over, so why not with the finished products?
I learn from my own writings as much, if not more, than from reading other people’s works. I see how my characters, places, and stories grew, and how much the characters learned, or how they let the readers, (and ME), learn about them.
The best characters do not reveal all about themselves right away, even if they seem to.
So, does it seem egotistical to read one’s own works?
I don’t think so.
Frankly, I often forget what I wrote because I do let the characters tell me their stories.
And so, I enjoy reading them again as much as I enjoy reading other stories more than once.
I am being brief today, as I have family coming in and family going out.
But I hope I made myself clear.
I see nothing wrong with reading one’s own works.
In fact, I think it’s essential for a writer’s growth.