Book reviews and being an author. Is this a conflict of interest?!?!



  I've worried lately about whether I should do both, is this a conflict of interest? Should I do both? Do I have the right to do both, shouldn't I stick to just writing books or reviewing. 
 And I had to sit myself down and ask myself if I should \ write reviews? I can tell you this, I’m not going to stop writing my books, being a published author is damn hard and I'm proud to be a published author. And it’s something I have worked toward since I was thirteen years old and I wrote my first draft in pencil on loose leaf lined paper. Before home computers were a norm and laptops were even invented. That first story draft is stuffed in a trunk in my closet, where it rightly belongs, but being a published author isn't something I am going to give up on so I can continue to write reviews.
 One of the hardest things about being  a published author is getting a review. Any kind of review, whether it be a 5 star review saying your book is the best thing every written, to something which drags your book through the mud saying it was the worst thing the reader has ever read. It doesn't matter, reviews are hard to take. But I would like to think my reviews make a difference for other authors, and other readers.
 But reading is my passion, and something I do that soothes my soul. And writing reviews on books I read gives me joy. And I like to share those views and reviews with others because I hope to share that joy with others.
 I don’t think sharing my joy and love of reading with others is wrong. (Check out where my obsession with books started.)
 So where do I go from here? What is the answer? I still don’t have an answer… 


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