Richard Castle: Fans

I can see how an outsider might view a fan holding me hostage and then shooting me as a real turn off. And granted, it was an extreme and terrifying situation, but it won’t tarnish how I feel about my fans. It’s not like this was my first run-in. When I killed Derrick Storm, I received so many hate letters that I actually used one of the more creative threats as a body drop in Deadly Heat. Then, when I brought Storm back to life it happened all over again. But for every nasty letter I receive, I get ten telling me how one of my books made a difference in someone’s life. For every bullet to the chest, I get a hundred boxes of Australian chocolate. I love my fans. It is because of who they are, that I get to be who I am. I’m not going to let a little criminal encounter get in the way of that.
In my few idle moments, one of my favorite things to do is imagine people on buses, under trees and tucked into their beds at night, reading my books. I imagine as they swoon, as they lean forward, as they flip rapidly from one page to the next, rabid for answers. That connection – the one between my fans and me – is a privilege.
Writing is my life. It is what I get paid to do. So it only makes sense that I spend my time thinking about Nikki Heat and Derrick Storm, but fans do it voluntarily. They choose to spend precious hours in their busy lives experiencing the adventures I’ve created for them. I don’t know if they realize how much that means to me as a writer.
I know that some of my fellow wordsmiths avoid their fans. I don’t know the exact statistics, but I’d be willing to bet the writing profession contains more recluses than any other. But that’s not who I am. There’s little my fans could do to sever the ties that bind us.
Though I’ll admit, taking me hostage and shooting me came pretty close. Please don’t do that again.

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The moment that I met you, my life became extraordinary. You taught me to be my best self, to look forward to tomorrow's adventures. And when I was vulnerable, you were strong. I love you, Richard Castle. And I want to live my life in the warmth of your smile and the strength of your embrace. I promise you I will love you. I will be your friend and your partner in crime and in life, always. - Kate Beckett The moment we met, my life became extraordinary. You taught me more about myself than I knew there was to learn. You are the joy in my heart. You're the last person I want to see every night when I close my eyes. I love you, Katherine Beckett. And the mystery of you is the one I want to spend the rest of my life exploring. I promise to love you, to be your friend, and your partner in crime and life, 'till death do us part, and for the time of our lives. - Richard Castle

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