What makes a reading a success in your eyes?

Can I answer this as a writer?


MC: As a performer, I think I can kind of instinctively tell based on the energy in the room. I feel like giving a reading is not about validating your ego, but about putting yourself out there in a way where you can feel the gap between yourself and the audience closing. I gave a reading last night and I swear, even before the fucking thing was over, it felt like the whole audience was giving me a hug. I didn’t even have to look up to know that–I was projecting my love to them, and they laughed and they sighed and they clapped and they took deep breaths at all the places that made me feel those feelings. So to me, I know a reading is a success when I walk off the stage and I feel love.

Tyler Gof Barton asked me some questions about readings and this is what I came up with.

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This book is my favorite book. It took me 17 months to edit it, and it took SJA four years to turn in from a concept into an actual book. 

Eventually, I’m gonna tell you the whole story of SJA and I took this from an manuscript and turned it into a book. Right now what I can say is that Sarah Jean is so visceral, so tender, so alive and so “salvaje” and this book just makes me feel excited and horrified about being alone in the world. I had high expectations for this book, and after reading it again 3x this weekend, I can wholeheartedly say that it exceeded everyone one of them.

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