Readers usually grossly underestimate their own importance. If a reader cannot create a book along with the writer, the book will never come to life. Creative involvement: that's the difference between reading a book and watching TV.
In watching TV, we are passive ~ sponges; we do nothing. In reading we must become creators, imagining the setting of the story, seeing the facial expressions, hearing the inflection of the voices. The author and the reader *know* each other; they meet on the bridge of words.
Writing is something that I do simply because I enjoy it. It's good for the imagination, and it's good for the soul. It's a good thing to do after a rough day. It's relaxing. It's a passion. It's my obsession.
I would like to take a second here to thank my beta reader, Jen, for all her help, patience, and guidance. Her *brainstorming* always keeps my frustrations to a minimum. She's been there to laugh with and to discuss all the *important* issues in our lives. She's been there when I've needed a sounding board or a shoulder to cry on.
**Thank you, Jen, for being my friend**