A few days ago, I read a blog post from author Robin LaFevers (GRAVE MERCY) where she advised writers to expose themselves to readers.
Another term for this concept of self-exposure is the author’s voice.
Several years ago, when I was a mere grasshopper with less than ten novels published, I was very surprised to hear my writing mentor tell me that he couldn’t find my voice. There was nothing of me in my books.
It was like being told I was a replicant in the film BLADE RUNNER. Less than the real thing.
It’s been said that you don’t have to search for your authorial voice or create one. It’s supposed to be as distinctive to you as your fingerprints.
But what if you’ve hidden it? Hidden it so deeply and successfully that it can’t be found by a reader? Then your books may be adept and fast-paced, but they won’t be loved.
You can’t touch a reader’s heart if you don’t expose yours.