Does An Author Have to Like Their Audience?

A while back, I met a children’s author who said she didn’t like kids. She didn’t just say it once; she kept repeating it to the point that I was envisioning her hunched over a desk, toiling away on her picture book muttering something like, “These little jerks are gonna love this garbage!”

I started to wonder how anyone could write for an audience they really don’t like. When you genuinely like someone or a group of someones, you probably want them to be happy with whatever you produce, so you make the extra effort, right?

I guess you could research what a certain audience likes, but if you can’t empathize with them, do you get it? Like deep-down-in-your-gut get it? I would think probably not, but hey, what do I know?

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