Goodreads asked Derek Smith:

What’s the best thing about being a writer?

Derek Smith I enjoy it when readers say they enjoyed a book of mine. After all, I write to be read and I want my typical reader to get to the end and say that was good. That is the be all and end all of my effort. I also like not having to wear a suit. I can turn up to various events in casual clothes and no one says a thing. Thoreau said, I paraphrase, beware any enterprise where you have to wear new clothes. Dead right. Politicians and bankers take note.

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