1) Hands down the best things is the ability to spend time making up stories ALL DAY. I’ve always loved the process of creating stories and characters. I feel beyond fortunate to be able to do it for a living.
2) Hearing from Readers: Writing is a solo activity. You sit alone making things up wondering what people will think when you finally get to share it. When people take the time to email or reach out on social media to say they like what you wrote, it is an amazing feeling.
3) Dress Code: I spend the vast majority of my days in comfy clothes covered in dog hair. If I don’t feel like shaving my legs- no one cares.
4) Work Schedule: This could go on the best and worst list of being a writer. There is no formal start time. No boss making sure you put in your hours every day. It means you can sleep in if you’re tired, knock off early if the sun is shining and the beach is calling. The downside is that you’re always at work. And if you don’t keep yourself on a schedule deadlines have a way of sneaking up on you.
5) Booksellers and Librarians: I have a serious book habit. I am one of those people who gets really anxious if I don’t have a good book on the go and a few dozen more in my to-be-read list. Writing gives me an excuse to read even more. It allows me to meet and talk with librarians and booksellers who are some of my favourite people in the world.
I can imagine no other thing I would rather do. For everyone who has bought my book (or asked their library to carry it) thank you from the bottom of my heart.