Despite the fact that I preach love and redemption for a living, I will take what is true over what is futile any day. I knew this about myself, but I was unaware how deeply-held that position was until this week.
While I'm immersed in a writing project, I like to read outside my genre. Usually I don't stray too far; I am the hopeful romantic, after all. But what I read influences and inspires my writing - not in story lines, but in the strength and beauty of the writing and the storytelling abilities of the authors. If I'm not instantly wowed, I'm inclined to put it down, at least until my WIP is done. The mere fact that I not only finished but devoured these four books is saying something.
I read through the symptoms and could barely breathe, because I was looking at a snapshot of myself and I knew it. In that moment, I knew that "shy" and "introverted" were words I'd used to excuse reactions that were definitely connected with those attributes but went a lot deeper than a quirky personality.
Easy has made bestseller lists and favorite book lists and book boyfriend lists, and the thrill of those achievements has been gratifying and incredible. But seeing it on this list, among these outstanding, influential books, was the most satisfying moment I've had as an author.