I have thanked writers before, and I will again, but it is also important to recognize the other crucial element in a writing relationship, and that is the readers. Without readers, books are simply words on a page, without being seen, known, imagined, or interpreted.
I love reading as much as I love writing, and I hope that readers continue to indulge in whatever kind of writing they enjoy.
To me, reading is one of the most important joys in life, along with romance and food. I read every day, and I often have as many as five books going at one time. I teach English Literature, so reading is also part of my work, but I always have at least one book around that I consider my dessert reading. And since I love desserts, I am not, in any way, diminishing those books. They simply serve a different purpose from the literature I teach.
My mother instilled the love of reading in me when I was very young, and I cannot remember not being able to read. It is a joy that will stay with me the rest of my life.
I am, therefore, on both sides of this creative relationship: writer and reader.
So once again, to those without whom writers are nothing, thank you! And please keep reading.
Thank you to all readers!