Back at the first NerdCon:Stories (2015), I attended a panel where Patrick Rothfuss commented that he's found with new writers, especially if their work is good, that it usually leads to breakdowns in their life, usually resulting in divorce. When he reads an exception first book, he does what he can to find that author's contact info and call them up to ask, "Hey. Are you okay?"
I never got a call like that.
However, I can't help but recognize that occurrence in my life. It's something that's stuck with me, and it's been easier to coast off that ideal in the year plus since my divorce and the release of my first book.Read More