I have read two books in my life that are written by people I’ve met. It’s a lot of pressure, reading something by someone you know. What if it stinks? I mean, writing a book is kind of a big deal. Not everyone can do it right. Right? So what happens if the person you know falls into the “people who can’t write a book” category?
Thankfully, I haven’t had to answer that question. I have been mercifully spared the “uh, yeah, your book, geez I’ve been so busy I haven’t gotten a chance to read it yet” cover up conversation. Both books I got to read were more than satisfying. You know why? Characters, really great characters.
I read. A lot. Like, a lot. (Probably not evident after that horrible abuse of punctuation, but I do.) I have been known to disappear into a book so much at times that I enter a kind of dream like state and forget the world around me. I thought forever that what I was attracted to was a good story. But then I realized; I read everything. I love mysteries. I love memoirs. I love long, drawn out weepy novels and hilarious chick lit romps. I read everything and the reason that I love what I love is that I make friends with the people in each new book. Well written characters get added to my literary contact list and they rarely fade away.
In the end, I can almost never recall the details of even the most compelling story but I can recount every single friend I made in them long after the cover has been closed.
So lucky for me, of the two authors I have met, each has introduced me to people in their books that stayed with me long enough to honestly look their creator in the eye and say, “I loved your work”. **
**This post was inspired by the book Following Polly by Karen Bergreen. I love my new friends from Following Polly and their story is pretty great too.I got to meet Karen Bergreen at a cool little cocktail lounge in NYC. We had a conversation about competitive schooling NYC style. I kinda loved her, so the pressure to love her book was intense. Let’s just say she delivered and then some. I received a copy of “Polly” as a member of the From Left to Write book club. If you wanna know the other book I read by someone I know, you’ll just have to find me and ask.;)
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