Just a reader...

What does the Romantic Times Convention have in common with DisneyLand? You have to wait in line for everything.

But this is not necessarily a bad thing. When I’m waiting in line, I get to visit with the people around me who share my passion for great books.

At this convention, you can meet mega stars of romance like Victoria Alexander, Heather Graham,  and Jacqueline Frank. Industry professionals, editors, agents, cover models and marketing experts roam the halls. You’ll find authors at every stage of their career from 50+ book veterans like my roomie Bobbi Smith to aspiring writers who’ve yet to complete their first manuscript.

Yesterday while I was waiting in line, the girl I was talking to introduced herself as “just a reader.” I stopped her immediately. Without readers, there’s no reason for the rest of us.

Unless a reader brings her imagination to my work, it’s just ink on a page. Reading a book is a conversation between the author and the reader. The exchange is different for every person because readers bring their unique backstories to the books they read, their own personal triumphs and tragedies, their own hotbuttons and pet peeves. Even if we all read the same book, our experience with it will be as individual as we are.

Please, never think of yourself as “just a reader.” You are essential. Without you, there’s no imagination to make the characters in a  book live. It’s like an electric circuit that’s broken. Readers complete the circle and ignite the spark.

So if you’ve pre-ordered Touch of a Thief, please know how much I appreciate you. Readers bring the magic to a book. Thank you for bringing it to mine.

Next on my TBR list is Elizabeth Boyle’s Mad about the Duke.  What are you reading now?

P.S. I posted an exclusive excerpt from Touch of a Thief at Unusual Historicals. Leave a comment there for a chance to win a signed copy!

6 thoughts on “Just a reader…

  1. Lois M. says:

    Well, it’s funny — once upon a time, I think there were two occasions, maybe one was a blog and the other in an email group, but anyway, I put I’m “just a reader”, to simply distinguish myself from the readers who were authors. Needless to say, afterwards, I tend not to use the phrase anymore. ;)


    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Good, Lois. I hope someone reminded you then how important you are. Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Chelsea B. says:

    Mad About the Duke is fabulous, Mia! It’s super romantic, and the hero is beyond adorable :-)
    I’m reading His Dark Kiss by Eve Silver and wondering WHY I haven’t read this author sooner! I’m about 80 pages in and the reviews describing it as a gothic romance are NOT wrong! It is creepy and seductive and I can’t wait to dive back into it this evening!
    Lovely post and thinks for the heads up about the contest– I can’t wait to read your new book! :-)

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      I love Eve Silver. She’s just as terrific a person as she is a writer.

  3. Like dancing, with a book, it takes two to tango. I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said a book shut tight is only a block of paper. The reader is essential in deciding if a book is full of the lives of the characters or only that thing that keeps the kitchen table from wobbling.

    I’m switching off among three books at the moment: Highland Honor by Hannah Howell, A Midnight Clear by Kristi Astor, and The Chief by Monica McCarty. None of which will be de-wobbling any furniture.

    1. Mia Marlowe says:

      Ooo! Hannah Howell. Love her Scottish romances.

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