When I finished INSURGENT last night (review to come, so damn good), it occurred to me that reading is a community affair. Sure, for the most part we read alone, at our own pace, seeing the world the author has created from our own perspective. But the community is what makes books thrive. I have so many friends who may have never found DIVERGENT and consequently INSURGENT if I hadn't told them. Likewise, there are so many books (CINDER, INCARNATE, HUNGER GAMES, to name a few) that I would never have picked up if a friend or one of you hadn't mentioned them at some point in time.
This then reminded me how much those of us who write YA (and hope to be published someday or are already published) make up that YA reader community. Though we're technically writing for teens, we're also writing for each other. And we're writing with each other. I think that's so beautiful.
I stumbled into the YA writing community a few months ago, and so many of you have welcomed me with open arms--reading and (what!) commenting on my blog posts. I'm still wading these waters, trying to get to know many of you, but it's been great so far. Thank you for inviting me in, no questions asked.
Which leads me to my confession. This year, I've fallen in love with more books and authors than I have in a long time. College didn't give me much time to read for the sheer joy of it. Finding a job in a down economy had the same sort of effect. Now I finally have time to read. I've been devouring books. I've been following the authors of those books on Twitter. I've been reading their blogs. And it hit me: they've been here--this place where I am now, piecing together a rewrite of my current WIP, wishing and longing for it to flow the way I want it to, for people to fall in love with my characters the way I have. And I love those authors for it. I love them for posting about their struggles.
But I think there's a tiny part of me that wants to be a published YA author not only because I want people to read my stories, but because I'd love the opportunity to be friends with those who've already made it there.