This week's subject is "How do you answer when people ask, 'Do I know you?'"
My usual answer, if I'm being honest, is "I don't know. do you read fantasy, science fiction, or horror?"
I believe in properly chastising non-readers. :) I will forgive them even if they only read non-fiction because at least they are reading.
Seriously, I probably know as many people because I work at Starbucks (Several in the last fifteen years) as I do as a result of my writing. It's hard to say which pays better over the years, but I definitely enjoy the writing more. Okay, I likely have a few more readers than regulars at Starbucks. I've had over 40 novel-length works in print over the years.
That said, anyone who does this for the ego boost is likely going to get an unpleasant surprise. It's about telling tales and having a good time in the process, and as I have said before,, I'd likely be writing these stories even if I'd never been in print. It's how I express myself.
I did have a rather unexpected surprise today, a new t-shirt from a fan (I have a few of those).