While browsing Facebook I came across this video that Anne Rice posted from her author fan page. I’m not a huge fan of her fan page because she mostly posts about how much religious persecution is happening, and I’d like to hear more about her as a writer. However, in this video she states that she rarely reads her work to an audience, but she is okay with reading to a camera.
This got me thinking: What is the allure to having an author read their work to an audience? Is it merely because the readers enjoy the work so much that it means more if actually read by the creator? I posted this question on my author page and the first response was “to confirm the pronunciation of the character names.” Is this also true? What do you think?
Also, would you read your work to an audience? Have you before? What was the reaction? Did you enjoy it?
I personally don’t feel comfortable reading my work to an audience, but that is because it is slightly more difficult for me, what with the speech impediment and all. However, I certainly don’t mind answering questions about the work or the process in which I used to create it. Perhaps there is something deeper there.
Anyway, I am very interested to find out just what is so exciting about hearing an author read their work to an audience.