Shannon Hale, the author of "Ever After High", is my grand daughter's favorite author. She loves this series about all the sons and daughters of the fairy tale queens and princesses, and whether or not they will choose to live up to their parent's destiny. (They are good books--I know because she has me read each one that comes out) And, as with any series for kids, there is merchandise. Lots and lots of merchandise in the form of dolls, and she has almost every one of them. But it's not the merchandise or the oodles of money that comes from a hit series, it's the love my grand daughter has for all of it.
The glint in her eyes, the sparkle in her smile, and the eagerness to read each new book--that is what I want. That is why I write. Someday, I hope to see the same joy illuminating the face of a child reading one of my books. So, do I write out of passion? Yes! But a little money would be nice, too.