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Goodreads asked Gail Chianese:

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Gail Chianese I love escaping into my own head and getting to control where a story goes. So much of life is out of my hands, that every now and then, I need to have something that only I can direct the end game.

It's been seven years since I wrote that response. It still fits, but I'm going to add another "best thing about being a writer" and that's the readers. I've had time now to meet quite a few people who have given me the honor of reading my stories. They make every minute totally worthwhile. Knowing that I made someone smile or laugh, or escape from their worries...is priceless. To all of you who have read my books, thank you.

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