Wading Through Quicksand
By Tim Smith
I think of fiction writing as being in the entertainment field because that’s what writers do – we write to entertain. I don’t write for the critics – I write for the person in Rugby, North Dakota or Parma, Ohio who wants to escape the daily grind and lose themselves in a good story. I’m often asked what I think of reviews, and it’s a tricky one for me to answer because I am a reviewer for an online romance site. I enjoy getting good reviews, but no one has ever told me they bought one of my books because so-and-so gave it five stars. The nicest compliment I can receive is when someone tells me they can’t wait to read my next one. Man, it doesn’t get much better than that!
When I do personal appearances, inevitably I’m approached by someone who begins with, “I started writing this story…” Yes, the first reaction is to groan and roll your eyes, but I try to be supportive when they ask how they can get into this racket. If they still want to after I’ve pointed out the downsides, I challenge them to follow their passion, submit to publishers, not to get discouraged over the pile of rejections they’ll amass and don’t stop until you get the damn thing published.
Tim Smith is the author of seven novels, from thrillers to contemporary erotic romance. He recently released the romantic intrigue novel, “The Bundle” through eXtasy Books. He is also an award-winning freelance photographer and when he isn’t pursuing these two passions, he works in the human services field as a case manager for adults with disabilities. His website is www.timsmithauthor.com.